Pavonine Pav"o*nine, a. [L. pavoninus, fr. pavo a peacock. See {Peacock}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Like, or pertaining to, the genus Pavo. [1913 Webster]

2. Characteristic of a peacock; resembling the tail of a peacock, as in colors; iridescent. --P. Cleaveland. [1913 Webster]

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  • pavonine — [pav′ə nīn΄, pav′ənin] adj. [L pavoninus < pavo,PEACOCK] 1. of or resembling a peacock 2. iridescent, as a peacock s tail …   English World dictionary

  • pavonine — /pav euh nuyn , nin/, adj. 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring. [1650 60; < L pavoninus, deriv. of pavo (s. pavon ) PEACOCK; see INE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • pavonine — 1. adjective /ˈpævəˌnaɪn/ a) Of or pertaining to the genus Pavo or its sub family Pavoninæ, including the peafowl. b) Possessing the coloring or iridescence of a peacock feather. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • pavonine — [ pavənʌɪn] adjective literary of or like a peacock. Origin C17: from L. pavoninus, from pavo, pavon peacock …   English new terms dictionary

  • pavonine — a. Iridescent, irisated, nacreous, gorge de pigeon …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • pavonine — pav·o·nine …   English syllables

  • pavonine — Resembling a peacock s tail in colour and iridescence …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • pavonine — /ˈpævənaɪn/ (say pavuhnuyn) adjective 1. of or like the peacock. 2. resembling the peacock s feathers, as in colouring. {Latin pāvōnīnus relating to a peacock} …   Australian English dictionary

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