|—n , pl -cocks, -cock|
|1.||a male peafowl, having a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with blue and green eyelike spotsRelated: pavonine|
|2.||another name for peafowl|
|3.||a vain strutting person|
|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|
|[C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + |
(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.).