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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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Thus, ptarmigan and mountain hares automatically change their plumage and pelage respectively because they dwell at higher altitudes.
Changing patterns of cell adhesion molecules during mouse pelage hair follicle development.
Pelage color of round-tailed ground squirrels allow them to blend with the light desert soils on which they live, making them difficult to detect visually unless they run.
Using ultrasound, Walker and Pelage [15] also reported a statistically significant effect on both uterine and dominant fibroid volumes (p = 0.
Gustafson and VanDruff, 1990), the majority (~75%) of eastern gray squirrels found on our campus and in the residential area of Hiram Village have melanistic pelage.
However, all wild Red Fox populations exhibit variable morphological characteristics, both between and within standard color-phases (red, cross, and silver); consequently, distinguishing native from nonnative Red Foxes based on coat color is very difficult, although subtle differences in red-phase pelage color between the groups do occur (Bailey 1936).
mellifera calyces to attach to animals and the different dispersal potentials of animals of various pelage.
In Brazilian free-tailed bats, Tadarida brasiliensis, sexual dimorphism exists in dental features (Herreid, 1959), the pelvic skeleton (Crelin and Newton, 1969), and some wing measurements and body mass (Lowery, 1974; Hunter, 2001), although there is no physical difference in pelage feature (Nason, 1948).
Regarding L*, the winter pelage slopes are much less pronounced than the summer ones, which are steeply negative, but the opposite is observed for a*, the summer pelage slopes being zero or slightly positive.
Although billies often have a slight yellowish cast--and just as often are stained gray from talus slopes--the Rocky Mountain goat is pure white in pelage, with black hooves, black nose, and short, needle-sharp black horns.
The distance between the camera and bait allowed for full-body photographs of cats to be taken while still being close enough to detect pelage characteristics.
In addition to attempts to distinguish wildcats from domestic cats and their hybrids based on morphological characteristics such as pelage (coat) patterns, body measurements, gut lengths and skulls characteristics (Daniels et al.