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pavonine

[pav-uh-nahyn, -nin]
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adjective
  1. of or like a peacock.
  2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.

Origin of pavonine

1650–60; < Latin pāvōnīnus, derivative of pāvō (stem pāvōn-) peacock; see -ine1
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Examples from the Web for pavonine

Historical Examples

  • Scarce one of us domestic birds but imitates the lanky, pavonine strut, and shrill, genteel scream.

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray


British Dictionary definitions for pavonine

pavonine

adjective
  1. of or resembling a peacock or the colours, design, or iridescence of a peacock's tail

Word Origin

C17: from Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō peacock
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