- Middle English pohen, pehenne : po, peacock; see peacock + hen, female bird; see hen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The brown female peacock, known as a peahen, has been on the loose in north Edmonton for the past couple days after escaping from her owner's home.”
“Darwin considered the peacock's tail to be an example of sexual selection, that is, the peahen prefers the more colourful peacock tails, so evolution favours more colourful tails.”
“Cutting the tails of peacocks short prevents them from attracting peahens, but having a slightly larger tail than a rival does not make much difference, because the peahen cannot tell the difference.”
“In May, a peahen escaped from the Bronx Zoo and was meandering around the streets of the Bronx before being corralled back to safety.”
“The peacock is managing and focusing peahen attention with his feathers, so what we have called "mind" has been involved in evolution for a very long time.”
“An escaped peahen with green feathers found her way back into custody at the Bronx Zoo amid much fanfare Wednesday, leaving zoo officials to grapple with a problem that's getting less attention on the public stage: deep city budget cuts.”
“Stupid woman was all puffed up like a peahen, bragging that her instructions were to give it only to Dawson.”
“The peacocks may flail their gorgeous feathers, but it's the dull peahen who decides which of the posturing lot is healthiest and most likely to provide the necessary goods and services to support the trying matter of bearing and raising offspring.”
“Responding to a call, animal control officers found a peacock and a peahen.”
“A mother peahen scurried across her driveway with a new batch of chicks.”
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