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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Apus and Indus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ornithology, the typical genus of Pavoninæ, having the upper tail-coverts in the male developed into a magnificent train capable of being erected and spread into a disk, the tarsi spurred, and the head crested; the peacocks.
  • noun A southern constellation, the Peacock, situated south of Sagittarius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of birds, including the peacocks.
  • proper noun (Astron.) The Peacock, a constellation of the southern hemisphere.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Phasianinae — the peafowl (peacocks).
  • proper noun astronomy A constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a peacock. It lies between the constellations Telescopium and Octans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small constellation near the South Pole between Tucana and Ara
  • noun peafowl

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin pāvō, peacock.]

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From Latin pāvō ("peacock").

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Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin pāvō ("peacock").

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