n. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather. (Zool.) An ornamental tuft of feathers. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward.
- (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.
- Plume bird (Zool.), any bird that yields ornamental plumes, especially the species of Epimarchus from New Guinea, and some of the herons and egrets, as the white heron of Florida .
- Plume grass. (Bot) (a) A kind of grass (Erianthus saccharoides) with the spikelets arranged in great silky plumes, growing in swamps in the Southern United States. (b) The still finer E. Ravennæ from the Mediterranean region. The name is sometimes extended to the whole genus.
- Plume moth (Zool.), any one of numerous small, slender moths, belonging to the family Pterophoridæ. Most of them have the wings deeply divided into two or more plume like lobes. Some species are ...