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plume (n.)

late 14c., "a feather" (especially a large and conspicuous one), from Old French plume "soft feather, down; feather bed," and directly from Latin pluma "a small soft feather, down; the first beard," from PIE root *pleus- "to pluck; a feather, fleece" (source of Old English fleos "fleece"). Meaning "a long streamer of smoke, etc." is attested from 1878.

plume (v.)

late 14c., "to pluck, strip," from plume (n.). From mid-15c. as "to adorn with plumes." Meaning "to dress the feathers" is from 1702. Related: Plumed; pluming.

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Definitions of plume
1
plume (v.)
rip off; ask an unreasonable price;
Synonyms: overcharge / soak / surcharge / gazump / fleece / pluck / rob / hook
plume (v.)
be proud of;
Synonyms: pride / congratulate
plume (v.)
deck with a plume;
a plumed helmet
plume (v.)
clean with one's bill;
Synonyms: preen
plume (v.)
form a plume;
plume (v.)
dress or groom with elaborate care;
Synonyms: preen / primp / dress
2
plume (n.)
anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness;
grass with large plumes
a plume of smoke
plume (n.)
a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament;
plume (n.)
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds;
Synonyms: feather / plumage
From wordnet.princeton.edu