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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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Selon lui, [beaucoup moins que] toutes les plages qui se trouvent dans le littoral de la region de Bordj El Kiffane ou d' El-Marsa, comme, Jean Bart, la 5, Deca pelage, Qadous ou la Perouse 1 et 2 sont totalement polluees [beaucoup plus grand que].
javanicus is a medium size insectivorous bat, with pelage color varying from buffy brown ventral surface to uniform brown dorsal side.
The stoat, the ptarmigan, a curious chameleon of a bird, which inhabits only the high places of the Scottish Highlands and the mountain hare, are the only British creatures that change their plumage or pelage to white during the winter months.
The camera trap images allow experts to assess and score certain coat or 'pelage' characteristics of each cat - pelage being the cats' hair.
We captured and handled bats using standard procedures (10) and determined sex and age by visual evaluation of size, pelage color, and reproductive status.
A few fur and hide pieces had been almost completely stripped of their pelage. Reluctantly, these pieces were destroyed for fear of harboring a source of future damage.
The pelage was typical of neonatal white-tailed deer with spot patterning, which continued through both necks and heads.
(9.) Garel C, Blouet M, Belloy F, Petit T Pelage J-P.
Briefly, mouse pelage hair (~10 mg) were hydrolyzed in 1 ml Wheaton Gold Band ampoules with 6N HCl (100 [micro]l, 120[degrees]C, 1 h).
Porphyrin buildup and poor pelage condition, indicating impaired grooming ability, were visible in most rats from day three.