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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

pavonine

\PAV-uh-nahyn, -nin\ , adjective;
1.
of or like a peacock.
2.
resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.
Quotes:
In her hands the curtains rustle; she hangs silks purchased this morning on Princess Road, color stirring pavonine in the lamplight of her bedroom.
-- Kate Moses, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, 2003
The sky was a deep pavonine blue and cloudless, and there was a full moon.
-- Barbara Taylor Bradford, Angel, 1993
Origin:
Pavonine is derived from the Latin word for peacock, pāvō, with the suffix -ine, a suffix of adjectives of Greek or Latin origin, meaning “of or pertaining to,” as in marine.
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