Plu"mule (?), n. [L. plumula, dim. of pluma a feather; cf. F. plumule.]

1. Bot.

The first bud, or gemmule, of a young plant; the bud, or growing point, of the embryo, above the cotyledons. See Illust. of Radicle.

Gray.

2. Zool. (a)

A down feather.

(b)

The aftershaft of a feather. See Illust. under Feather.

(c)

One of the featherlike scales of certain male butterflies.

 

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