pea·​fowl | \ ˈpē-ˌfau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce peafowl (audio) \

Definition of peafowl

: any of three very large terrestrial pheasants (Pavo cristatus and P. muticus of southeastern Asia and Afropavo congensis of central Africa) often raised as ornamental fowls due to their usually colorful, iridescent plumage and especially for the long, trailing tail coverts of the male which can be held more or less erect and outspread — see also peacock, peahen

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peafowl: A female (peahen); B male (peacock)

Examples of peafowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the county will contract with wildlife expert Mike Maxcy, who worked at the Los Angeles Zoo for 33 years and has relocated peafowl to ranches and resorts since 1999. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Peacocks, or peafowl, have been a staple of the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles since they were introduced by wealthy entreprenuer Lucky Balwin in the late 19th century. Brisa Colon And Hollie Silverman, CNN, 9 June 2021 Near the county arboretum in Arcadia, ostentations — the term for groups of peafowl — have been spotted chasing coyotes. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, in the San Gabriel Valley and Palos Verdes Peninsula, officials say peafowl have thrived for years without humans feeding them. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Still, there’s no record of Baldwin’s peafowl purchase. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 The Los Angeles County Arboretum, home to more than 100 peafowl, is located there. Erica Werner, Washington Post, 6 June 2021 The City of San Marino also offers an application for traps for private property to contain the peafowl. Brisa Colon And Hollie Silverman, CNN, 9 June 2021 Enthusiasts say the peafowl are a blessing, with their gorgeous plumage enlivening neighborhoods. Erica Werner, Washington Post, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of peafowl

circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peafowl

pea- (as in peacock) + fowl

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The first known use of peafowl was circa 1790

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28 Nov 2021

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“Peafowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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