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noun (1)

: a genus of gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae) consisting of the peacocks


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noun (2)

: a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Telescopium and Octans and that is represented by the figure of a peacock
The region covers a third of the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere, from the constellation Centaurus on one side to Pavo and Indus on the other.Philip J. Hilts, New York Times, 12 Jan. 1990

Word History


Noun (1)

New Latin, from Latin, peacock

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pavo was in 1728

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“Pavo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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