Plume, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plumed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pluming.] [Cf. F. plumer to pluck, to strip, L. plumare to cover with feathers.] 1. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink.
Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers.W. Irving.
2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. "Farewell the plumed troop."
4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he
plumes himself on his skill.
(Zol.), an African viper (Vipera cornuta, syn. Clotho cornuta), having a plumelike structure over each eye. It is venomous, and is related to the African puff adder. Called also
horned viper and
(Zol.), the California mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus). See
Mountain quail, under Mountain.
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