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peacock noun (peacock or peacocks) 1 a large bird belonging to the pheasant family, the male of which has a train of green and gold eyespot feathers which it fans showily during courtship. Also called peafowl. 2 the male peafowl (the female being known as the peahen). 3 derog a vain person. peacockish or peacock-like adj.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from Anglo-Saxon pea (from Latin pavo peacock) + cock1.
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