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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEACOCK

We are not feasting on baked swans, peacock tongues and drinking our pearls.

I wouldn't have nothin' to say to any bird below a Peacock; and he'd be wulgar.

Then I know another story of how the eyes came into the peacock's feathers.

A cloudless sky has a peacock in it, whose servants are the eagles.

A hen is all right in her place, but she don't belong in a peacock cage.

Tis the plumes of the Peacock that men covet; hence his ruin.

Captain Warrington cruised in the Peacock in the spring of 1814.

Look at them, Mary; ain't they like the blossoms on a peacock's tail?

Round the train of thy skirt, O my Peacock, I fitfully squirm.

And she was about as like Sara, I imagine, as a white dove is like a peacock.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).

Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).

The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was 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." [Epiphanus]

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