pelage definition by Webster's New World
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the coat, or covering, of a mammal, as hair or fur
Origin: French ; from Old French pel, hair ; from Classical Latin pilus, hair: see pile
pelage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering, as distinct from bare skin.
- 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).
Origin: French, from Old French, from peil, pel, hair, from Latin pilus.