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[pee-foul] /ˈpiˌfaʊl/
noun, plural peafowls (especially collectively) peafowl.
any of several gallinaceous birds of the genera Pavo, of India, Sri Lanka, southeastern Asia, and the East Indies, and Afropavo, of Africa.
Compare peacock, peahen.
Origin of peafowl
1795-1805; pea (see peacock) + fowl Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peafowl
  • If he cannot command the attention of a peahen, he will not bequeath any little peafowl to the next generation.
  • Accordingly, the purpose of this ordinance is to regulate peafowl consistent with the regulation of chickens.
  • They roost in the trees in the park at night and gather in groups during the day for one of their peafowl parties.
British Dictionary definitions for peafowl


noun (pl) -fowls, -fowl
either of two large pheasants, Pavo cristatus (blue peafowl) of India and Ceylon and P. muticus (green peafowl) of SE Asia. The males (peacocks) have a characteristic bright plumage See peacock (sense 1)
a rare closely related African species, Afropavo congensis (Congo peafowl), both sexes of which are brightly coloured
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