Plume Plume, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pluming}.] [Cf. F. plumer to pluck, to strip, L. plumare to cover with feathers.] 1. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink. [1913 Webster]

Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel. [Obs.] --Bacon. Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. ``Farewell the plumed troop.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he plumes himself on his skill. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Plumed adder} (Zo["o]l.), an African viper ({Vipera cornuta}, syn. {Clotho cornuta}), having a plumelike structure over each eye. It is venomous, and is related to the African puff adder. Called also {horned viper} and {hornsman}.

{Plumed partridge} (Zo["o]l.), the California mountain quail ({Oreortyx pictus}). See {Mountain quail}, under {Mountain}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.