noun (1)
Pa·​vo | \ ˈpā-(ˌ)vō, ˈpä- \

Definition of Pavo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)
Pa·​vo | \ ˈpā-(ˌ)vō \

Definition of Pavo (Entry 2 of 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

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First Known Use of Pavo

Noun (2)

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pavo

Noun (1)

New Latin, from Latin, peacock

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“Pavo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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