peafowl

[pee-foul]
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:
1795–1805; pea (see peacock) + fowl

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peafowl (ˈpiːˌfaʊl)
 
n , pl -fowls, -fowl
1.  See peacock 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
2.  a rare closely related African species, Afropavo congensis (Congo peafowl), both sexes of which are brightly coloured

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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.
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