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1. The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, or wool, as distinct from bare skin.
2. Something that resembles the coat of a mammal: "The hardwoods were a soft pale green in the dark pelage of the conifers" (Peter Matthiessen).

[French, from Old French, from peil, pel, hair, from Latin pilus.]


(Textiles) the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
[C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair]


(ˈpɛl ɪdʒ)

the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.
[1820–30; < French, derivative of poil (Old French peil, pel; see poilu); see -age]
pe•la•gi•al (pəˈleɪ dʒi əl) adj.


- The fur, hair, wool, etc. of a mammal.
See also related terms for mammal.


 term for the fur, hair, or wool of wild animals, collectively. 1828.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelage - growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animalpelage - growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
fur - dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)
wool, fleece - outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
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E il caso, per esempio, di Mahomet, personaggio del Dom Pelage (Paris, 1645) di Juvenel.
Of the four colonies that we located, the two observed on 27 May 1999 (in Perry County) contained the youngest pups based on their relative size, pelage, and inability to fly.
Unless reproductive status indicated otherwise, pelage coloration and body weights (Mengak 1991) were used to assign age class (i.
A random sample is "Offrande claire": "je brule d'agir / dans le pelage // et forge demesuree / sur les hautes mers / de designer / en blondeurs / les rives a usure.
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As the deer's summer coats replace winter pelage, then the warmer 59 degrees may be more comfortable.
The mouse apparently had just been eaten before the snake was killed as its ochreous-colored pelage was still bright.