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 for plume bird
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Snowy \Snow"y\, a.
     1. White like snow. "So shows a snowy dove trooping with
        crows." --Shak.
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     2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. "The snowy top of
        cold Olympus." --Milton.
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     3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless.
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              There did he lose his snowy innocence. --J. Hall
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     Snowy heron (Zool.), a white heron, or egret ({Ardea
        candidissima), found in the Southern United States, and
        southward to Chile; -- called also plume bird.
     Snowy lemming (Zool.), the collared lemming ({Cuniculus
        torquatus), which turns white in winter.
     Snowy+owl+(Zool.),+a+large+arctic+owl+({Nyctea+Scandiaca">Snowy owl (Zool.), a large arctic owl ({Nyctea Scandiaca,
        or Nyctea nivea) common all over the northern parts of
        the United States and Europe in winter time. Its plumage
        is sometimes nearly pure white, but it is usually more or
        less marked with blackish spots. Called also white owl.
     Snowy+plover+(Zool.),+a+small+plover+({Aegialitis+nivosa">Snowy plover (Zool.), a small plover ({Aegialitis nivosa)
        of the western parts of the United States and Mexico. It
        is light gray above, with the under parts and portions of
        the head white.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plume \Plume\, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]
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     1. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long,
        conspicuous, or handsome feather.
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              Wings . . . of many a colored plume.  --Milton.
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     2. (Zool.) An ornamental tuft of feathers.
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     3. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a
        waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling
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              His high plume, that nodded o'er his head. --Dryden.
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     4. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides
        himself; a prize or reward. "Ambitious to win from me some
        plume." --Milton.
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     5. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence
        resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large
        ornamental grasses.
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     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 ({Ardea candidissima).
     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 Erianthus Ravenn[ae] 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 Pterophorid[ae]. Most of
        them have the wings deeply divided into two or more
        plumelike lobes. Some species are injurious to the
     Plume nutmeg (Bot.), an aromatic Australian tree
        ({Atherosperma moschata), whose numerous carpels are
        tipped with long plumose persistent styles.
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