Any of three large pheasants, Pavo cristatus of India and Sri Lanka, P. muticus of South and Southeast Asia, or Afropavo congensis of central Africa.
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.
(rare) 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".
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Origin of peafowl
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Peafowl Sentence Examples
Early morning before everyone wakes up is best to see the wild peafowl that loaf in this area.
On the east coast peafowl are found, and throughout the interior the argus pheasant, the firebacked pheasant, the blue partridge, the adjutantbird, several kinds of heron and crane, duck, teal, cotton-teal, snipe, wood-pigeon, green-pigeon of several varieties, swifts, swallows pied-robins, hornbills, parakeets, fly-catchers, nightjars, and many other kinds of bird are met with frequently.
Its prey is said to consist largely of gazelles, small deer, hares and peafowl and other birds.
These include green peafowl, lesser fishing eagle, red-headed vulture and crested kingfisher.
The male peafowl soon flew down from its roost and was joined by a female which it occasionally displayed to.