One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A male peafowl, which has very long tail feathers that have eyelike markings and that can be erected and expanded in display like a fan.
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- ‘The effect makes me think of a dark peacock which opens its tail feathers to reveal rich, vibrant colour.’
- ‘In some other species, such as peacocks, the female alone chooses her mate.’
- ‘For instance, male peacocks not only have a long tail, but they are brightly colored and have eye spots, a crest on their head, spurs on their feet, and a mating call.’
- ‘Imported birds such as exotic pheasants, parrots and peacocks were very popular and were kept in aviaries to be bred or shown to important visitors.’
- ‘The peacocks cause considerable disturbance with their raucous cries, which usually begin at around 4am.’
- ‘It should be noted that a peacock is a male peafowl and a peahen is a female peafowl.’
- ‘Something began to scream at us harshly, and then we saw it was a peacock, like a displaced king, perched on the battered wall surrounding.’
- ‘Like its relative the pheasant, the peacock prefers to run rather than fly, except in cases of sheer danger when it takes to the wing.’
- ‘Far below them in the undergrowth, hare, jungle fowl along with peacock and quail, lived in harmony.’
- ‘The hospital has 272 cages and 13 wards in all; housing pigeons, peacocks, partridges, white eagles, ducks, love birds and rabbits in a three-storey building.’
- ‘They took pictures of displaying peacocks to count the number of ocelli, and captured them to measure tail length.’
- ‘And as male rivalry increased, so did the behaviour - researchers compared it to male peacocks fanning out their feathers when more suitors were around.’
- ‘In springtime the display of the peacocks ' plumage is a very worthy sight, so I hope steps may be taken to increase their number.’
- ‘She added something should be done to protect the remaining bird, and offered any help necessary to ensure a future for peacocks and peahens in the gardens.’
- ‘A feeder from Shanghai Zoo said the peacock was a two-year-and-a-half male and it may be raised by nearby residents.’
- ‘Male peacocks shed and re-grow tail feathers each year.’
- ‘There is even the prospect that the human intellect might be a by-product of sexual selection, comparable to the peacock's flamboyant tail feathers.’
- ‘Just beyond the bridge was a bird shop with a garden full of tall palms, and peacocks and pheasants in big cages.’
- ‘We saw woodpeckers, a remote airplane in flight, and a peacock with its tail feathers fanned!’
- ‘Without a doubt, the best wagglers are made from the tail feathers of the peacock.’
- 1.1 An ostentatious or vain person.‘these young men have always considered themselves the peacocks of Europe’
- ‘We're just peacocks flaunting our tail feathers.’
- ‘Both sons are strutting peacocks, vain and confident.’
Display oneself ostentatiously; strut like a peacock.‘he peacocks in front of the full-length mirror’
Middle English: from Old English pēa (from Latin pavo) ‘peacock’ + cock.
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