- any of several gallinaceous birds of the genera Pavo, of India, Sri Lanka, southeastern Asia, and the East Indies, and Afropavo, of Africa.
Origin of peafowl
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Of these perhaps the longest in domestication is the peafowl.Domesticated Animals
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Peafowl, their behaviour at the approach of rain—I. 115, 266; II.The Kath Sarit Sgara
Peafowl are objects of veneration in all the Native States of Rajputana.Jungle Folk
This plain was covered with wild indigo, and abounded with peafowl.
This place literally swarmed with peafowl, partridges, and deer.
- either of two large pheasants, Pavo cristatus (blue peafowl) of India and Ceylon and P. muticus (green peafowl) of SE Asia. The males (peacocks) have a characteristic bright plumageSee peacock (def. 1)
- a rare closely related African species, Afropavo congensis (Congo peafowl), both sexes of which are brightly coloured