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Definition of Peacock


  1. 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.
  2. In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl.

Peacock Quotations

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth... Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.
Pope Francis

To Paradise, the Arabs say, Satan could never find the way Until the peacock led him in.
Charles Godfrey Leland

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.
Van Wyck Brooks

She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
Oscar Wilde
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Peacock Translations

peacock in Dutch is pauw
peacock in French is paon
peacock in German is Pfau
peacock in Italian is pavone
peacock in Spanish is pavo real
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