peacock

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A peacock.

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From Middle English pecok, pekok, pocok, pacok, equivalent to pea (peafowl; peacock) +‎ cock. Compare Old Norse páfugl (peacock, literally pea-fowl), and English peahen, peachick, etc.

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peacock (plural peacocks)

  1. A male peafowl with brilliant blue or green iridescent tails.
  2. A peafowl, either male or female.
  3. A vainglorious person [14th c.]
  4. A male or female pheasant of the two genera: Pavo or Afropavo, whose males have extravagant tails.

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