[pee-kok] /ˈpiˌkɒk/

noun, plural peacocks (especially collectively) peacock.
the male of the peafowl distinguished by its long, erectile, greenish, iridescent tail coverts that are brilliantly marked with ocellated spots and that can be spread in a fan.
any peafowl.
a vain, self-conscious person.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pavo.
verb (used without object)
to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.
noun (pl) -cocks, -cock
a male peafowl, having a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with blue and green eyelike spots related adjective pavonine
another name for peafowl
a vain strutting person
to display (oneself) proudly
(obsolete, slang, Austral) to acquire (the best pieces of land) in such a way that the surrounding land is useless to others
Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)

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]

(Heb. tuk, apparently borrowed from the Tamil tokei). This bird is indigenous to India. It was brought to Solomon by his ships from Tarshish (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21), which in this case was probably a district on the Malabar coast of India, or in Ceylon. The word so rendered in Job 39:13 literally means wild, tumultuous crying, and properly denotes the female ostrich (q.v.).

see: proud as a peacock


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