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Thomas love, 1785–1866, English poet and novelist.
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peacock (ˈpiːˌkɒk)
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
Related: pavonine
[C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + cock1]
fem n

Peacock (ˈpiːˌkɒk)
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 & History

c.1300, poucock, from M.E. po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)). Po is from O.E. pawa "peafowl," from L. pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Gk. 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 O.H.G. pfawo, Ger. Pfau, Du. pauw, O.C.S. pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously 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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Peacock definition

(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.).

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