The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers. --W.
2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage;
also, to peel. [Obs.] --Bacon. Dryden.
3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. "Farewell the plumed
4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he
plumes himself on his skill. --South.
Plumed adder (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), the California mountain quail
(Oreortyx pictus). See Mountain quail, under