Does the ponytail thing in a knight's helmet have its own name? Or are they just called ponytails?

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  • That is not human hair. It is a feather, or fabric, item.
    – Fattie
    May 27, 2016 at 15:07

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It is a Plume -


late 14c., "a feather" (especially a large and conspicuous one), from Old French plume "soft feather, down; feather bed," and directly from Latin pluma "a feather, down; the first beard," from PIE root *pleus- "to pluck; a feather, fleece" (cf. Old English fleos "fleece"). Meaning "a long streamer of smoke, etc." is first attested 1878.

The Roman plumes were made from horse hair though. Feathers would not survive long.


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