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peafowl

[ pee-foul ]
/ ˈpiˌfaʊl /
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noun, plural pea·fowls, (especially collectively) pea·fowl.
any of several gallinaceous birds of the genera Pavo, of India, Sri Lanka, southeastern Asia, and the East Indies, and Afropavo, of Africa.
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Origin of peafowl

First recorded in 1795–1805; pea (see peacock) + fowl
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British Dictionary definitions for peafowl

peafowl
/ (ˈpiːˌfaʊl) /

noun plural -fowls or -fowl
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
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