1. Zool. 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.
Note: ☞ The upper tail coverts, which are long and capable of erection, are each marked with a black spot bordered by concentric bands of brilliant blue, green, and golden colors. The common domesticated species is Pavo cristatus. The Javan peacock (Pavo muticus) is more brilliantly colored than the common species.
2. In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl.
Peacock butterfly Zool., a handsome European butterfly (Hamadryas Io) having ocelli like those of peacock.
Peacock fish Zool., the European blue-striped wrasse (Labrus variegatus); -- so called on account of its brilliant colors. Called also cook wrasse and cook.
Peacock pheasant Zool., any one of several species of handsome Asiatic pheasants of the genus Polyplectron. They resemble the peacock in color.
n 1: European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked
with a purple eyespot [syn: peacock butterfly, Inachis
2: male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike
tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
(Heb. tuk, apparently borrowed from the Tamil tokei). This bird
is indigenous to India. It was brought to Solomon by his ships
from Tarshish (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21), which in this case
was probably a district on the Malabar coast of India, or in
Ceylon. The word so rendered in Job 39:13 literally means wild,
tumultuous crying, and properly denotes the female ostrich