the coat, or covering, of a mammal, as hair or fur
Origin of pelageFrench ; from Old French pel, hair ; from Classical Latin pilus, hair: see pile
- The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, or wool, as distinct from bare skin.
- Something that resembles the coat of a mammal: “The hardwoods were a soft pale green in the dark pelage of the conifers” (Peter Matthiessen).
Origin of pelageFrench, from Old French, from peil, pel, hair, from Latin pilus.