Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering, as distinct from bare skin.
  • n. Something felt to resemble the coat of a mammal: "The hardwoods were a soft pale green in the dark pelage of the conifers” ( Peter Matthiessen).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. fur, or any other form of the coat of a mammal collectively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The covering, or coat, of a mammal, whether of wool, fur, or hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal: a common technical term in zoölogy, used as plumage is with regard to birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from peil, pel, hair, from Latin pilus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It's not surprising, then, that Ms. Prada, along with other designers known as much for their wit as their sartorial skills Isaac Mizrahi and Scott Sternberg, to name two have also made colorful wares in real pelage.

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  • But, remember, the pelage must be of the long and shaggy variety.

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  • The new species has several subtle morphological and phenotypic characters that distinguish it from its sibling species E. edwardii, the most striking of which is the presence of a tail-tuft, as well as the color of the flanks and the ventral pelage.

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  • Abstract: Based on examination of molecular data and pelage patterns, it has recently been suggested that the island populations of the clouded leopard, traditionally considered a subspecies, may, in fact constitute a separate species.

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  • They lost their foxy pelage and became piebald black and white, like Welsh collies.

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  • Not to worry, the same hot middle-aged firewomerns who saved him will brush out his pelage with crushed windmill cookies.

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  • Can any romance heroine resist digging her fingers into her werewolf boyfriend's plush pelage?

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  • The new species is obviously different from the known species based on pelage coloration, external measurements and cranial characteristics, according to the researchers.

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  • On them, Nowak (1999) wrote ‘The pinna of the external ear is well developed, but is partly concealed in the pelage’ (p. 7).

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  • Morphological and pelage characteristics of wild living cats in Scotland: implications for defining the ‘wildcat’.

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  • "Vollosovich speculated that when it died, the mammoth was molting, losing its summer coat and growing its winter pelage."
    —Richard Stone, Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant, (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2001), 99

    September 20, 2008

  • The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, or wool.

    June 8, 2007