Definition of indumentum in English:


Pronunciation /ˌind(y)əˈmen(t)əm/ /ˌɪnd(j)əˈmɛn(t)əm/


Botany Zoology
  • A covering of hairs (or feathers) on an animal or plant.

    ‘Morphological characters including the glandular indumentum and cream flower colour suggest that A. ambiguum is close to A. graniticum.’
    • ‘An indumentum was noted in the inflorescence region or in the upper part of the stem.’
    • ‘Capitulum bracts are spiny and coated with a dense white arachnoidal indumentum.’
    • ‘The leaves have a thin fawn to gray indumentum on the underside and are not shiny on the upper surface.’
    • ‘An excellent compact plant with pale green leaves felted with brown indumentum on the reverse.’
    • ‘New foliage covered with indumentum which remains on the undersides of the leafs.’


Mid 19th century from Latin, literally ‘garment’, from induere ‘put on, don’.