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

  • n. Either of two large pheasants, Pavo cristatus of India and Sri Lanka or P. muticus of southeast Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pheasant of the genus Pavo or Afropavo, notable for the extravagant tails of the males; a peacock. The cry is "meow" (like cats), "kee-o" or "iyaan".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The peacock or peahen; any species of Pavo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peacock or peahen; a bird of the genus Pavo, of which there are two if not three species.

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

  • n. very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental bird


pea(cock) + fowl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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