plumule

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin plumula, diminutive of pluma (feather); compare French plumule.

Noun[edit]

plumule (plural plumules)

  1. (botany) The first bud, or gemmule, of a young plant; the bud, or growing point, of the embryo, above the cotyledons.
  2. (zoology) A down feather.
  3. (zoology) The aftershaft of a feather.
  4. (zoology) One of the featherlike scales of certain male butterflies.

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