American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or resembling a peacock.
- adj. Resembling a peacock's tail in color, design, or iridescence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, resembling, or characteristic of a peacock; pavonian.
- Resembling a peacock's tail in iridescence.
- n. Peacock's-tail tarnish; the iridescent luster found on some ores and metallic products.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the genus Pavo or its sub-family Pavoninae, including the peafowl.
- adj. Possessing the coloring or iridescence of a peacock feather.
- adj. Resembling the tail of a peacock.
- n. Tarnish found on some ores and metals which resembles the tail feathers of a peacock.
- n. Any bird from the sub-family Pavoninæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Like, or pertaining to, the genus Pavo.
- adj. Characteristic of a peacock; resembling the tail of a peacock, as in colors; iridescent.
- From Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō ("peacock"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō, peacock. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here Cooney calls Peter Osgood "pavonine", which my dictionary tells me means "of or resembling a peacock".”
“Scarce one of us domestic birds but imitates the lanky, pavonine strut, and shrill, genteel scream.”
“We made a general reconnaisance (December 27th) of a place whence specimens of pavonine quartz had come to hand.”
“It suggested Thecla's book, in which I had read it; and that, in turn, the great volume of pavonine leather the old Autarch had shown me when I had asked him the way to the garden, when he, having been told of me, supposed that I had arrived to replace him and would go to plead for Urth at once.”
“She wore a pavonine brocade gown of amazing richness and raggedness, and as I watched her, the sun touched a rent just below her waist, turning the skin there to palest gold.”
“A quick twist took Agia out of her pavonine gown; it lay about her brown, dusty feet like a heap of precious stones.”
“These things with tales of sombre clouds and shining skies and whisperings of strange creatures dancing timidly in pavonine twilights, he traced upon the ivory keys of his instrument and the world was richer for a poet.”
“The bas-reliefs on this low screen are groups of peacocks and lions, two face to face on each panel, rich and fantastic beyond description, though not expressive of very accurate knowledge either of leonine or pavonine forms.”
“Some bird species restricted to this ecoregion or found in few other places in Amazonia include ashy-tailed swifts (an austral migrant, Chaetura andrei), blue-tufted starthroats (Heliomaster furcifer), pavonine quetzals (Pharomachrus pavoninus), white-eared jacamars (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis), endemic ochre-striped antpittas (Grallaria dignissima), curassows (Mitu salvini), a terrestrial bird, and golden-winged tody-flycatchers (Todirostrum calopterum).”
“9 Scholz, Beweis, dass es eine Seelenwanderung bei den Thieren giebt. forces, whether those were a leonine magnanimity of courage, a vulpine subtlety of cunning, or a pavonine strut of vanity.”
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