Seeds are carried with more facility when provided with plumes or wings.
Its plumes are those most generally used as ornaments for ladies' head-dresses.
These plumes, the middle and longest of which may measure from 3 ft.
From under the shoulders on each side springs a dense tuft of goldenorange plumes, about 2 ft.
The animals chiefly hunted were the gazelle, ibex, oryx, stag, wild ox, wild sheep, hare and porcupine; also the ostrich for its plumes, and the fox, jackal, wolf, hyaena and leopard for their skins, or as enemies of the farm-yard.
Farther and farther he rode away, stopping at other regiments, till at last only his white plumes were visible to Rostov from amid the suites that surrounded the Emperors.
Don't you see the plumes?... was whispered among the crowd.
Though considerably smaller than the ostrich, and wanting its fine plumes, the rhea in general aspect far more resembles that bird than the other Ratitae.
ii., thus describes the attitude of the male birds at one of those "sacaleli," or dancing parties, as the natives call them; "their wings," he says, "are raised vertically over the back, the head is bent down and stretched out, and the long plumes are raised up and expanded till they form two magnificent golden fans striped with deep red at the base, and fading off into the pale brown tint of the finely-divided and softly-waving points; the whole bird is then overshadowed by them, the crouching body, yellow head, and emerald green throat, forming but the foundation and setting to the golden glory which waves above."
Turning the horse sharply, he again jumped the ditch, and deferentially addressed the horseman with the white plumes, evidently suggesting that he should do the same.
high, above which towards autumn rise the bold dense silvery plumes of the inflorescence.
This splendid plumage, however, belongs only to the adult males, the females being exceedingly plain birds of a nearly uniform dusky brown colour, and possessing neither plumes nor lengthened tail feathers.
Contorted stems, sometimes of considerable thickness, very hard, and covered with a grey cracked bark, rise out of the sand, bearing green plumes with small greyish leaves and pink fruit.
The colouring of the steppe changes as if by magic, and only the silvery plumes of the steppe-grass (Stipa pennata) wave in the wind, tinting the steppe a bright yellow.
The cock has a fine yellow bill and a head bearing a rounded crest of filamentous feathers; lanceolate scapulars overhang the wings, and from the rump spring the long flowing plumes which are so characteristic of the species, and were so highly prized by the natives before the Spanish conquest that no one was allowed to kill the bird when taken, but only to divest it of its feathers, which were to be worn by the chiefs alone.
plumes of steam rising into the air.
BIRDS OF PARADISE, a group of passerine birds inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands, so named by the Dutch voyagers in allusion to the brilliancy of their plumage, and to the current belief that, possessing neither wings nor feet, they passed their lives in the air, sustained on their ample plumes, resting only at long intervals suspended from the branches of lofty trees by the wire-like feathers of the tail, and drawing their food "from the dews of heaven and the nectar of flowers."
Ammon is figured of human form, wearing on his head a plain deep circlet from which rise two straight parallel plumes, perhaps representing the tail feathers of a hawk.
Most curious of all is the courtship of the males of some species of Salticidae, or jumping spiders, which are decorated with plumes or coloured stripes or iridescent patches.
Of the long-billed paradise birds the most remarkable is that known as the "twelve-wired" (Seleucides alba), its delicate yellow plumes, twelve of which are transformed into wire-like bristles.
Balashev was only two horses' length from the equestrian with the bracelets, plumes, necklaces, and gold embroidery, who was galloping toward him with a theatrically solemn countenance, when Julner, the French colonel, whispered respectfully: "The King of Naples!"
Other industries of a desultory character include the collection of archil, or Spanish moss, on the western side of the Californian peninsula, hunting herons for their plumes and alligators for their skins, honey extraction (commonly wild honey), and the gathering of cochineal and ni-in insects.
hearse drawn by four horses with black plumes on their heads drew up at the door.
The prostomium bears often processes, both dorsal and ventral, which in the Sabellids are split into the circle of branchial plumes, which surround or nearly surround the mouth in those tube-dwelling Annelids.
Represented as ithyphallic, with two tall plumes on his head, the right arm upraised and bearing a scourge.
It seems probable that there are branchial plumes or filaments in some Arthropoda (some Crustacea) which can be identified with the distinct branchial organs of Chaetopoda, which lie dorsal of the parapodia and are not part of the parapodium.
A great proportion of architectural ornaments are literally hollow, and a September gale would strip them off, like borrowed plumes, without injury to the substantials.
Perhaps I shall hear a solitary loon laugh as he dives and plumes himself, or shall see a lonely fisher in his boat, like a floating leaf, beholding his form reflected in the waves, where lately a hundred men securely labored.
The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou.
All began to run and bustle, and Rostov saw coming up the road behind him several riders with white plumes in their hats.
An Austrian officer in a white uniform with green plumes in his hat galloped up to Kutuzov and asked in the Emperor's name had the fourth column advanced into action.
One in a black uniform with white plumes in his hat rode a bobtailed chestnut horse, the other who was in a white uniform rode a black one.
In front of the group, on a black horse with trappings that glittered in the sun, rode a tall man with plumes in his hat and black hair curling down to his shoulders.
This man rode toward Balashev at a gallop, his plumes flowing and his gems and gold lace glittering in the bright June sunshine.
A man in a general's uniform with plumes in his hat went up to Kutuzov and said something in French.
Processes active in hydrothermal plumes modify the gross flux from hydrothermal plumes modify the gross flux from hydrothermal venting to the oceans.
mantle plumes during the initial stages of Gondwana break up.
plumes of dust are caused by collisions between rocks in the belt.
Processes active in hydrothermal plumes modify the gross flux from hydrothermal venting to the oceans.
Such volcanic plumes have been known to cause lightning on Earth.
How is this commonly approximated in models of turbulent plumes?
The location of mantle plumes during the initial stages of Gondwana break up.
Results from the site investigations indicated that contaminant plumes existed within part of the site.
Another strange feature is the dark smoke plumes seen to erupt from the surface.
The anticlockwise rotation of the galaxy may stretch out the plumes to contribute to the rough rotational symmetry of the DRAGN.
scarlet cloaks, No more the great golden plumes.
tall green grass, their plumes touched by the wind of death.
tattered cloak of the beggar will bear him up like the rayed plumes of the angels.
thorax cover 3 or 4 plumes of CDC (any color ).
turbulent plumes continue to entrain from the surrounding environment and grow in size.
A common explanation for the hot-spots that cause intra-plate volcanism is the existence of steady plumes rising from the core-mantle boundary.
In Patella no such plumes exist, but right and left of the neck are seen a pair of minute oblong yellow bodies (fig.
At that season the males assemble, in numbers varying from twelve to twenty, on certain trees, and there disport themselves, so as to display their magnificent plumes in presence of the females.
The tattered cloak of the beggar will bear him up like the rayed plumes of the angels.
Thorax cover 3 or 4 plumes of CDC (any color).
Turbulent plumes continue to entrain from the surrounding environment and grow in size.
Use large plumes of white feathers around your centerpiece and introduce silver and blue glassware and ornaments.
However, a socio-anthropological view of humanity reveals that those who have the brightest plumes endure the brightest futures.
Its white, fragrant flowers are in long, erect plumes.
C. cordifolia attains 3 to 4 feet high, giving erect feathery plumes of whitish flowers.
Where bold spring flowers are naturalised, a group of Giant Fennels will be effective, with their fine plumes in early spring.
One of the most valuable is F. tingitana; it takes several years to form strong plants that look like massive plumes of filmy Ferns.
These plants group well, and the handsome foliage makes healthy undergrowth, over which the tall plumes of white or red flowers tower with good effect.
A pretty annual grass, about 1 foot high, L. ovatus having hares-tail-like plumes; useful for bouquets.
Imperata Sacchariflora - A hardy Grass, from the Amoor, with graceful foliage, forming a tuft, about 3 feet high, that throws up numerous flower-spikes, about 5 feet in height, bearing silvery plumes of flowers.
Lamarckia - L. aurea is a small hardy annual grass, with silky plumes, becoming golden as they mature.
E. aegyptiaca, with silvery-white plumes, maxima, elegans, pilosa, amabilis, pellucida, capillaris, plumose, are all elegant annuals.
Our native M. effusum is worth cultivating for its feathery plumes.
The sexes are borne on separate plants in all the species, and the plumes of male flowers are neither so handsome nor so durable as the plumes of female flowers.
R. tabularis is a bold-growing and handsome species with huge peltate leaves and plumes of cream-white flowers.
America. The only species certainly in cultivation is S. robustum, a hardy plant 2 to 3 feet in height, with graceful plumes of closely-packed, creamy-white and fragrant flowers in August.
The plant is evergreen, and forms masses of firm leathery leaves from which issue dainty feathery plumes of creamywhite flowers late in spring.
Z. aquatica is remarkable for the fine effect of its Oat-like stems, 8 to 10 feet high, with broad vivid-green leaves and graceful bronzed plumes of nearly a yard long, the seeds of which are greedily sought by fish and water-fowl.
It makes spreading tufts of a good size, but does not bear its purplish plumes freely in this country.
A. lactiflora, from China, has stately Spiraea-like plumes of creamy flowers, 6 feet high.
The following basic steps prove how easy it is to add colorful plumes to your style.
He skipped the class on good nom de plumes.
The natives in preparing the skins remove both feet and wings, so as to give more prominence to the commercially valuable tuft of plumes.
Br, Ctenidia (branchial plumes).
In the seventh shot, plumes of white cloud billow out from a factory at a borax mine, out of sight below.
Plumes of white smoke rose from lamb brochettes sizzling on open fires.
No more the well trained horses, no more the scarlet cloaks, No more the great golden plumes.
contaminant plumes in unconfined aquifers with and without remedial activities.
On and on through the tall green grass, their plumes touched by the wind of death.
It all gazes out on to a permanent lagoon inhabited by hippos that loll submerged, emitting plumes of water and deep guttural snorts.
When it comes to glamorous evenings out, Victoria often turns to a dizzying array of bustier-styled tops, the occasional leather strap adornment and even plumes of feathers, to keep her on the cutting edge of fashion.
Men wore hats with plumes, loose shirts with possibly puffed sleeves, vests, pants and a belt with a pouch.
The great mercantile value of ostrich-feathers, and the increasing difficulty, due to the causes already mentioned, of procuring them from wild birds, has led to the formation in Cape Colony, Egypt, the French Riviera and elsewhere of numerous "ostrichfarms," on which these birds are kept in confinement, and at regular intervals deprived of their plumes.
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