Get the vocab: une plume
Meaning ‘feather’, plume also means ‘quill’ from the days when feathers were used to write with. Hence, nom de plume means ‘a writer’s alias’. Léger comme une plume translates as ‘light as a feather’, while poids plume refers to the ‘featherweight’ category in boxing. As a verb, plumer means to pluck a bird’s feathers and is an informal way to say ‘to fleece’ or ‘to rip off’.