Plume

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.
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Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers.
W. Irving.
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2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel. [Obs.] Bacon. Dryden.
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3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. "Farewell the plumed troop." Shak.
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4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he plumes himself on his skill. South.
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Plumed adder (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 hornsman. -- Plumed partridge (Zol.), the California mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus). See Mountain quail, under Mountain.
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