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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Plume, Plome, n. Also: plumm-, plwm. [e.m.E. and late ME. plume (1399), OF. plume, L. plūma small soft feather, down.] a. A bird's feather. Also in fig. context. b. Plumage, generally. c. A quill-pen.a. 1513 Doug. xi. vi. 113.
My ferys lost with plumys in the ayr … ar fleand our alquhar
(b) 1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 294.
Hyr nek … With plomys glitterand asur apon gold
Ib. 161.(c) c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 9.
Quhair my plummyis [M. plwmis] begynis to brek out
fig. 1531 Bell. Boece I. vi.
Hie invy me from his service kest … As bird but plumes heryit of the nest
1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix. 218.b. 1513 Doug. ix. Prol. 48.
The goshalk glaid of plume
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xviii. 26.
A gentle girking gay Of plesand plume
c. c1590 J. Stewart 43/1.
My plume imprompt quho sall perfytlie leed

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