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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peacock, peacock butterfly, Inachis ionoun

    European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot

  2. peacocknoun

    male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots


  1. peacocknoun

    A male or female pheasant of the two genera: Pavo or Afropavo, whose males have extravagant tails.

    Etymology: From M.E. po + coc (see cock (n.)). Po is from O.E. pawa, from L. pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Gk. ταώς, said to be ultimately from தோகை (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo). The Latin word also is the source of O.H.G. pfawo, Ger. Pfau, Du. pauw, O.C.S. pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peacocknoun

    the male of any pheasant of the genus Pavo, of which at least two species are known, native of Southern Asia and the East Indies

    Etymology: [OE. pecok. Pea- in this word is from AS. pe, pwa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw`s, taw^s, Per. tus, twus, Ar. tws. See Cock the bird.]

  2. Peacocknoun

    in common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl

    Etymology: [OE. pecok. Pea- in this word is from AS. pe, pwa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw`s, taw^s, Per. tus, twus, Ar. tws. See Cock the bird.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peacock

    pē′kok, n. a large gallinaceous bird of the pheasant kind, remarkable for the beauty of its plumage, esp. that of its tail:—fem. Pea′hen.—v.t. to cause to strut like a peacock.—v.i. to strut about proudly.—ns. Pea′chick, the young of the pea-fowl; Pea′cock-fish, a variegated labroid fish; Pea′-fowl, the peacock or peahen. [A.S. pawe—L. pavo—Gr. taōs—Pers. tāwus; and cock (q.v.).]

Editors Contribution

  1. peacock

    A type of bird created and produced in various species.

    Peacocks are a beautiful bird with such beautiful bright colored feathers.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 2, 2017  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Peacock

    An inn sign dating from the Crusades, when, the flesh of the peacock being deemed incorruptible, this bird was adopted by many a knight as a crest, typical of the Resurrection. “By the peacock” was a common oath in those days.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peacock in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peacock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of peacock in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be like a peacock and dance with all of your beauty.

  2. Evan Saitta:

    Males typically invest more into their ornamentation than do females, so the larger wide plates were likely from males, the broad, thin structure of the plates and their positioning on the back of the animal suggests that they were used in sexual display, analogous to the tail of a peacock. The broad, wide plates likely made a continuous display surface along the animal's back to attract mates, like a billboard.

  3. Baltasar Gracian:

    At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.

  4. Dolly Parton:

    A peacock who rests on its feathers is just another turkey.

  5. Will Smith:

    We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch, i've been in this business for 30 years, and that does not happen.

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