Peacock

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peacock \Pea"cock'\ (p[=e]"k[o^]k'), noun [OE. pecok. Pea- in this word is from AS. pe['a], p[=a]wa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw's, taw^s, Per. t[=a]us, t[=a]wus, Ar. t[=a]w[=u]s. See {Cock} the bird.]

1. (Zool.) 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.

Note: The upper tail coverts, which are long and capable of erection, are each marked with a black spot bordered by concentric bands of brilliant blue, green, and golden colors. The common domesticated species is {Pavo cristatus}. The Javan peacock ({Pavo muticus}) is more brilliantly colored than the common species.

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

{Peacock butterfly} (Zool.), a handsome European butterfly ({Hamadryas Io}) having ocelli like those of peacock.

{Peacock fish} (Zool.), the European blue-striped wrasse ({Labrus variegatus}); -- so called on account of its brilliant colors. Called also {cook wrasse} and {cook}.

{Peacock pheasant} (Zool.), any one of several species of handsome Asiatic pheasants of the genus {Polyplectron}. They resemble the peacock in color.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

peacock

noun

1: European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot [syn: {peacock}, {peacock butterfly}, {Inachis io}]

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

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