noun, plural pea·cocks, (especially collectively) pea·cock.
verb (used without object)
- peachblow glass,
- peacock blue,
- peacock butterfly,
- peacock chair,
- peacock ore,
- peacock plant
Origin of peacock
Examples from the Web for peacock
Peacock served as an expert witness on grizzlies in federal court for Glacier National Park.
Among the angels is Tawuse Melek, who is often called the peacock angel.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, Katy Perry might want to “see your peacock” but Lana wants to ride it down the street while doing a parade wave.
The Peacock Inn was recently restored and has a marvelous dining room and intimate bar.
Prince Edward was there with his wife Sophie, who wore an electric blue suit and a peacock feather hat.Sophie Dazzles in Electric Blue at Royal's Easter Service|Tom Sykes|March 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Yes, I am one of the dwellers in the happy garden," answered the Peacock, strutting.The Curious Book of Birds|Abbie Farwell Brown
His whole solemn person suggested the idea of a military peacock, a peacock who was carrying his tail spread out on his breast.Original Short Stories of Maupassant, Volume 1|Guy de Maupassant
Quecholli means 'peacock,' but the interpreter of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis calls it the 'serpent of the clouds.'The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
He thought he would remember this and speak of it to the Geese some time when they were praising the Peacock's train.Among the Farmyard People|Clara Dillingham Pierson
This bright idea pleased everyone, for your Montenegrin dearly loves "to peacock."Through the Land of the Serb|Mary Edith Durham
noun plural -cocks or -cock
Word Origin for peacock
c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).
Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).
The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was 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." [Epiphanus]
see proud as a peacock.