• "The peacock took all her play in good part."
    "The peacock took all her play in good part."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peacock male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
    • n peacock European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
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Additional illustrations & photos:

North American Great Peacock North American Great Peacock
The Peacock's Complaint The Peacock's Complaint

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners
    • Peacock In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl.
    • Peacock (Zoöl) The male of any pheasant of the genus Pavo, of which at least two species are known, native of Southern Asia and the East Indies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peacock A bird of the genus Pavo, specifically the male, of which the female is a peahen and the young a pea-chick. See peafowl.
    • peacock To cause to strut or pose and make an exhibition of one's beauty, elegance, or other fine qualifications; hence, to render proud, vain, or haughty; make a display of.
    • peacock To strut about like a peacock, or in a manner indicating vanity: as, she peacocked up and down the terrace.
    • n peacock [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation Pavo.
    • peacock To pick the ‘eyes’ out of the land by selecting of buying up the choice pieces and waterfrontages so that the adjoining territory is practically useless to any one else.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peacock pē′kok a large gallinaceous bird of the pheasant kind, remarkable for the beauty of its plumage, esp. that of its tail
    • v.t Peacock to cause to strut like a peacock
    • v.i Peacock to strut about proudly
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  • Baltasar Gracian
    “At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.”


Proud as a peacock - Someone who is as proud as a peacock is excessively proud.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pecok,. Pea-, in this word is from AS. peá, pāwa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw`s taw^s, Per. tāus, tāwus, Ar. tāwūs,. See Cock the bird


In literature:

The swans, wishing to drive the peacocks from a park, procured a law against big feet.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
She was rushing along Peacock Alley to meet her daughter Marcia.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
While Jason was gazing at her a peacock strutted forward and took his stand at the old woman's side.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
Peacock, black shouldered, 100.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
A peacock was strutting about as if he owned the place.
"Peggy in Her Blue Frock" by Eliza Orne White
George Peacock, D.D., Lowndean Professor of Astronomy, Cambridge.
"Ely Cathedral" by Anonymous
Dean Peacock, who so thoroughly identified himself with the restoration, died in 1858.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
There are dozens and dozens of peacocks!
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
He's just like a peacock, and as proud of his feathers.
"The Rajah of Dah" by George Manville Fenn
Then, after first spreading his own tail to its fullest size, he swaggered up to the peacock.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
When the telegram came to say that Mr. Peacocke was at Liverpool, Mrs. Peacocke was anxious immediately to rush up to London.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
"The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876" by J. F. Loubat
Cranes, herons, and peacocks are cooked with ginger.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
He found the "Peacock" a complete wreck.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
My peacock is wiser than you, for he knows when any one is looking at him.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
It was the grey-brown peacock with a blue neck.
"Wintry Peacock" by D. H. Lawrence
Like every one else at Miss Peacock's, she took to Elsie at once.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
These birds are called peacocks, and that is 'the beautiful.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I shall make thee as vain as a peacock!
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

The violent one
Whose raging demands
Break down peace and shelter
Like a peacock's scream.
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
I think not Eve's peacock
Splendid to see,
And I think not Adam's eagle;
But a dove may be.
"Bird Or Beast?" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Pride indeed will sometimes aim
At the finer speech,
But the best that he can frame
Is a peacock-screech.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
A quiet road! You would get to know
The briars and stones along by the way;
A dozen times you'd see last year's nest;
A peacock's cry, a pigeon astray
Would be marks enough to set on a day;
"Dublin Roads" by Padraic Colum
Out in the gardens by the lake
The sleeping peacocks suddenly wake;
Out in the gardens, moonlit and forlorn,
Each of them sounds his mournful horn:
Shrill peals that waver and crack and break.
What can have made the peacocks wake?
"Panic" by Aldous Huxley
Has the peacock had his day, does he call in vain, screecher,
for the sun to rise?
The eagle, the dove, and the barnyard rooster, do they call
in vain, trying to wake the morrow?
And do you await us, wattled father, Westward?
Will your yell do it?
"Turkey-Cock" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The Peacocks ' granddaughter, Eunice, married George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables.
Christopher Peacock 's Own Kitchen.
If you like iris, here's a different type to try: peacock flower.
Posts Tagged 'charlie peacock .
Robert Clinton "Jackie" Peacock , 72, died Friday at Wilson Medical Center.
Private burial will be at the Peacock Family Cemetery.
Peacock House Bed & Breakfast.
Peacock stuck in tree.
The peacock was stranded for three days.
Lucinda Loya submitted this video of a peacock stranded for three days in a Fort Myers tree.
Peacock 's first novel, Life Without Water, was published in 1996 and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book.
Bettye Glass Peacock , 81, of Leesburg went home to be with the Lord on Sunday July 8, 2012 from complications of an extended illness.
Toddler bitten by peacock while feeding ducks in New Richmond.
An Ohio family wants answers after their child was attacked by a well-known New Richmond peacock .

In science:

Gravitational lensing of extragalactic light by line of sight mass concentrations can strongly amplify fluxes of distant sources (Peacock 1982).
Formation of Spheroidal Galaxies: The Sub-MM View
In fact, as noted above, this spectral region greatly emphasizes high-redshift sources (which have the highest probability of being gravitationally lensed) and yields very steep counts, thus maximizing the amplification bias (Peacock 1982; Turner et al. 1984).
Formation of Spheroidal Galaxies: The Sub-MM View
A commonly used simple analytic fit to the observed power spectrum of cosmological mass fluctuations is the CDM spectrum (see, e.g., Peacock 1999, § 16.8).
Median Statistics and the Mass Density of the Universe
As seen in Fig 3, the combination of CMB data with those on high-redshift Type-Ia supernovae (Perlmutter 2003; Perlmutter & Schmidt 2003) and on largescale structure (Peacock 2003a, b) favour strongly a flat Universe with about 30 % of (mainly dark) matter and 70 % of vacuum (dark) energy.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Summary and Future Directions
In the non-linear regime, the structure growth cannot be solved analytically and its description must rely on non-linear models (Peacock & Dodds, 1996, Smith et al. 2002), following an original idea of Hamilton et al. (1991).
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
A mapping from the linear to the non-linear scale has been conjectured (Hamilton et al. 1991, Peacock & Dodds 1996, Smith et al. 2002), and calibrated using N-body simulation.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
The same argument applies to the 3-D power spectrum, which is needed for cosmic shear predictions down to small scales (Eq.25) (Peacock & Dodds 1994).
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
Peacock: Cosmological Physics, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999); T.
Gravitational clustering in Static and Expanding Backgrounds
Peacock, in ‘The Review of Particle Physics’, S.
Cosmic Background Radiation Mini-Review
This is described in detail by Olive and Peacock in this volume.
The Cosmological Parameters
As described by Olive and Peacock, a fairly model-independent description of dark energy can be given just using the equation of state parameter w, with w = −1 corresponding to a cosmological constant.
The Cosmological Parameters
According to the standard cosmological paradigm, the observed large scale structure have formed by gravitational amplification of tiny initial fluctuations (Peebes 1980, Peacock 1999).
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Princeton, NJ Peacock J.A., 1999, Cosmological Physics, Cambridge Univ.
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Peacock, in ‘The Review of Particle Physics’, S.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Power spectra, Pobs (k, z, b), were estimated at different redshifts and for different galaxy biasing schemes b (see below) with the Fast Fourier Transform using the variance-optimized method of Feldman, Kaiser & Peacock (1994) for cubes along the line-of-sight (LOS) of the XW wedge.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts