An example of a peacock is the large bird that spreads its feathers in a fan, showing its rainbow-colored array of feathers.
Origin of peacock
- Middle English pocock, pecok po peacock (from Old English pawa, pēa peafowl) (from Latin pāvō peacock) Middle English cok cock1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English po (“peacock") + coc (see cock (n.)). Po is from Old English pÄwa (“peafowl"), from Latin pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Ancient Greek Ï„Î±ÏŽÏ‚ (taÅs), said to be ultimately from Tamil à®¤à¯‹à®•à¯ˆ (tÅkai) (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo). 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."