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From Latin pluma (“feather”) via Old French plume. In the late Roman armies plumbata were lead weighted darts (from the Latin word for lead) the feathers on the end of the darts became known as plumes.
plume (plural plumes)
- A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.
- wings […] of many a coloured plume
- The furry tail of certain dog breeds (e.g. Samoyed, Malteagle) that stands erect or curls over their backs.
- A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.
- his high plume, that nodded o'er his head
- A token of honour or prowess; that on which one prides oneself; a prize or reward.
- ambitious to win from me some plume
- An area over which (or aspace into which) a dispersed substance has spread or fanned out; a cloud.
- An upward spray of water or mist.
- (geology) An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.
- (astronomy) An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.
- A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.
- (transitive) To preen and arrange the feathers of.
- Washington Irving
- pluming her wings among the breezy bowers
- Washington Irving
- (transitive) To congratulate (oneself) proudly.
- He plumes himself on his skill.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of South to this entry?)
- To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
- To adorn with feathers or plumes.
- Farewell the plumed troop.
- To form a plume.
- Smoke plumed from his pipe then slowly settled towards the floor.
- To write; to pen.
plume f (plural plumes)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “plume” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
plume f (plural plumis)