noun Etymology: pea- (as in peacock) + fowl Date: 1804 either of two very large terrestrial pheasants (Pavo cristatus and P. muticus) of southeastern Asia and India that are often reared as ornamental fowls

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  • peafowl — [pē′foul΄] n. pl. peafowls or peafowl any of various large gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae) of S Asia, the East Indies, or Africa, as the peacock: now widely domesticated as an ornamental bird …   English World dictionary

  • Peafowl — Pea fowl , n. [See {Peacock}.] (Zo[ o]l.) The peacock or peahen; any species of Pavo. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peafowl — ► NOUN ▪ a peacock or peahen …   English terms dictionary

  • Peafowl — Taxobox name = Peafowl image width = 250px image caption = An Indian Blue Peacock (rear) courts a peahen (front) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Galliformes familia = Pavoninidae genus = Rheinardiasubdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • peafowl — /pee fowl /, n., pl. peafowls, (esp. 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. Cf. peacock, peahen. [1795 1805; pea (see… …   Universalium

  • peafowl — povai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Pavo angl. peafowl vok. Pfau, m rus. павлин, m pranc. paon, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – fazanai siauresnis terminas – paprastasis povas siauresnis terminas – žaliasis povas …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • peafowl — noun /ˈpiːˌfaʊl/ A pheasant of the genus Pavo or Afropavo, notable for the extravagant tails of the males; a peacock. The cry is meow (like cats), kee o or iyaan . See Also: peacock, peahen, peachick …   Wiktionary

  • peafowl — pea|fowl [ˈpi:faul] n a peacock or peahen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peafowl — n. female peacock …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peafowl — noun a large crested pheasant of which the male is the peacock and the female the peahen. [Pavo cristatus (southern Asia) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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