juvenal plumage

/jooh"veuh nl/, Ornith.
the first plumage of birds, composed of contour feathers, which in certain species follows the naked nestling stage and in other species follows the molt of natal down.
[ < L juvenalis youthful, equiv. to juven(is) young man or woman + -alis -AL1]

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