Definition of pelage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpelij/ /ˈpɛlɪdʒ/


  • The fur, hair, or wool of a mammal.

    ‘The evolution of endothermic metabolic rates and pelage and plumage in the earliest mammals and birds, respectively, followed radically different sequential chronologies.’
    • ‘The pelage lacks underfur and is usually some shade of brown.’
    • ‘The pelage consists almost entirely of underfur; it is remarkably iridescent, fine, and silky.’
    • ‘The third color phase occurs during the first pelage of young wolves.’
    • ‘The pelage of these animals is soft, silky, and dense.’
    hair, wool


Early 19th century from French, from Old French pel ‘hair’.