pea·​hen | \ ˈpē-ˌhen How to pronounce peahen (audio) \

Definition of peahen

: a female peafowl

Examples of peahen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one point, the lone peahen escaped the cage—keep in mind, it was suspended 20 feet above the museum’s marble floor—and flew all the way to Arms and Armor before she could be returned to the three peacocks that had been keeping her company. Vogue, 31 Mar. 2022 In the evolutionary game, where the goal is producing offspring, rampant dishonesty is not an optimal strategy: If peacock tails are never honest, peahens will simply ignore that feature altogether. Quanta Magazine, 9 Jan. 2013 More than 40 peahens and peacocks still found at Sahuaro Ranch descended from three purchased at the Chicago World Fair in 1933 to control desert pests — snakes and vermin. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, 18 July 2019 Sometimes, as with peahens and their strutting peacock counterparts, the divergence can be more striking. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 16 Apr. 2018 In the Catholic Church hierarchy, men were the peacocks and women were peahens. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, 11 Apr. 2018 While the tails of peacocks and peahens are extremely different, their feet, for example, are pretty much the same. Smithsonian, 22 Mar. 2017 Without a peep, the peahen strutted into the open door of the Royal Oaks Liquor Store in Arcadia on Monday. Washington Post, 7 June 2017 ARCADIA — A peahen broke bottles of wine worth about $500 Monday in an Arcadia liquor store. The Pasadena Star-news, The Mercury News, 6 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of peahen

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peahen

Middle English pehenne, from pe- + henne hen

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3 Apr 2022

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“Peahen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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