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peacock

[pee-kok] /ˈpiˌkɒk/
noun, plural peacocks (especially collectively) peacock.
1.
the male of the peafowl distinguished by its long, erectile, greenish, iridescent tail coverts that are brilliantly marked with ocellated spots and that can be spread in a fan.
2.
any peafowl.
3.
a vain, self-conscious person.
4.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pavo.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pecok, equivalent to pe- (Old English pēa peafowl < Latin pāvōn- pavo) + cok (Old English coc cock1)
Related forms
peacockery, peacockism, noun
peacockish, peacocky, adjective
peacockishly, adverb
peacockishness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pea cocky

peacock

/ˈpiːˌkɒk/
noun (pl) -cocks, -cock
1.
a male peafowl, having a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with blue and green eyelike spots related adjective pavonine
2.
another name for peafowl
3.
a vain strutting person
verb
4.
to display (oneself) proudly
5.
(obsolete, slang, Austral) to acquire (the best pieces of land) in such a way that the surrounding land is useless to others
Derived Forms
peacockish, adjective
peahen, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + cock1

Peacock

/ˈpiːˌkɒk/
noun
1.
Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
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Word Origin and History for pea cocky

peacock

n.

c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).

Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).

The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body." [Epiphanus]

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pea cocky in the Bible

(Heb. tuk, apparently borrowed from the Tamil tokei). This bird is indigenous to India. It was brought to Solomon by his ships from Tarshish (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21), which in this case was probably a district on the Malabar coast of India, or in Ceylon. The word so rendered in Job 39:13 literally means wild, tumultuous crying, and properly denotes the female ostrich (q.v.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with pea cocky

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