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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a feather, esp. a large, colorful, or fluffy one.
An ostrich has long, colorful plumes.
definition 2: a feather used as a decoration or as a mark of honor, as on a hat or helmet.
The lancers wore black plumes in their hats.
definition 3: something that looks feathery.
We saw plumes of steam rising from the water.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: plumes, pluming, plumed
definition 1: to put one or more feathers on, or to cover with feathers.
definition 2: of a bird, to clean and arrange (its feathers); preen.
definition 3: to be satisfied with (oneself) about something (often fol. by on or upon).
She plumed herself on her high grades.
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derivations: plumeless (adj.), plumelike (adj.)