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 To this day, hundreds of peafowl still range across the property and into Arcadia. Farah Eltohamy, National Geographic, "There’s a new peacock in town, and no one knows what to do with him," 2 Sep. 2020 The marauding peacock was six-year-old Snowbank, an Indian blue peacock or peafowl that has lived at the Franklin Park Zoo since 2013, reports Matt Berg of the Boston Globe. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Police Lure Escaped Peacock Into Custody With Mating Call Played On Cell Phone," 15 May 2020 Head for this nondescript neighborhood bordered by Loop 410 and the Medical Center that’s home to a flashy flock of peafowl — more commonly known as peacocks. Richard Marini,, "The Sunday drive is back thanks to coronavirus, and we suggest 7 scenic San Antonio drives to get you out of the house," 7 Aug. 2020 On the other hand, populations of species like peafowls are increasing while sparrows are stable. Neha Jain, Quartz India, "Indian birdwatchers warn that almost all local birds are dying out," 24 Feb. 2020 For decades, Glenoaks, just south of the Medical Center and bordered by Loop 410 and Babcock and Wurzbach roads, has hosted an ostentation of peafowl that roam the streets and yards of the middle-class neighborhood mostly undisturbed. Richard A. Marini,, "Free-ranging peacocks a tourist attraction for one San Antonio neighborhood near the South Texas Medical Center," 28 Feb. 2020 The Arboretum is a wildlife sanctuary, so expect to see migratory birds and other species—including their famous peafowl. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "15 Places to Get Your Outdoor Yoga Fix in L.A.," 22 May 2018 The area’s most renowned peafowl have roamed for decades in Winter Park, particularly near the former estate of the late Hugh and Jeanette Genius McKean, just south of Fairbanks Avenue between lakes Virginia and Mizell. Martin E. Comas,, "Casselberry protects some of its most colorful residents — peacocks," 26 Dec. 2017 Residents, however, became concerned this year after noticing fewer peafowl near their usual roaming areas around Casselberry’s chain of lakes. Martin E. Comas,, "Casselberry protects some of its most colorful residents — peacocks," 26 Dec. 2017

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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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“Peafowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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