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pavonine

[pav-uh-nahyn, -nin] /ˈpæv əˌnaɪn, -nɪn/
adjective
1.
of or like a peacock.
2.
resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.
Origin of pavonine
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin pāvōnīnus, derivative of pāvō (stem pāvōn-) peacock; see -ine1
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  • Scarce one of us domestic birds but imitates the lanky, pavonine strut, and shrill, genteel scream.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
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pavonine

/ˈpævəˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a peacock or the colours, design, or iridescence of a peacock's tail
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō peacock
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