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plumage

plooh muhj

  • n  the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

  • A dozen firms sold plumage of the American bald eagle, although it is protected by act of Congress.
  • Leslie Cheung danced before us, alluringly, and only let the seventh veil drop last week, revealing the desperate child beneath the diva's brilliant plumage.
  • The Communists' dove of peace, the bird that walks like a bear, had lost most of its plumage.
News & Articles

  • Phoebes Take On UFOs
    The dads take fatherhood seriously, too Cathryn Williams Freeburger Phoebes are inconspicuous in plumage , but you will hear them from wooded areas loud and clear: FEEE-bee-bee-bee! Eastern phoebes, part of the flycatcher family, swoop down from understory branches to catch moths, mosquitoes and other Undesirable Flitting Objects. The generic name for flycatchers, Empidomax, is from the Greek ...
    June 13, 2013 - Bay Weekly
  • Fossil X-Rays Determine Archaeopteryx Had Bright Plumage
    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ‘dino-bird’ Archaeopteryx has long fascinated paleontologists and a new study in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry suggests that the animal had bright plumage and wasn’t all-black as previously thought. Using a series of cutting-edge X-ray experiments, a team led by researchers from the University of Manchester found chemical ...
    June 12, 2013 - redOrbit
  • Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is ready
    Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, so too will the Joystiq staff complete our annual migration to Los Angeles; roosting within the busy halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center for nigh on a week. Our feathers will tuft, our plumage will puff and you'd better believe that we'll regurgitate hot, pre-chewed gaming news into your tiny weird little bird mouths. Folks, it's time for E3 2013 ...
    June 9, 2013 - Joystiq
Quotes

  • John James Audubon in Zanesville Times Recorder
    In 1840, John James Audubon wrote: "In richness of plumage, elegance of motion, and strength of song, this species surpasses all its kindred in the United States, and the Cardinal Grosbeak is always welcome and everywhere a favourite."
  • John Cleese in Sydney Morning Herald
    But as John Cleese replied to Michael Palin: "The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead."
  • Peter Barham in RedOrbit
    For any species with patterned plumage, cheetahs or whale sharks for example, then the same technology could use the patterns as individual identifiers,said Professor Barham.

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