pea·​hen ˈpē-ˌhen How to pronounce peahen (audio)
: a female peafowl

Examples of peahen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson and Reinhorn currently have several pets including a peahen, a donkey, horses, pigs and dogs. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Peafowl, which includes male peacocks and female peahens, are not native to Texas. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 9 May 2023 To a peahen, a movie in the theater might look like a person rapidly flipping through slides in a PowerPoint presentation, rather than fluid motion. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2016 For every peacock fanning out its dazzling feathers to attract a peahen, there’s another creature doing something strange, or downright deadly, in the name of passing down its genes. Kate Golembiewski, CNN, 14 Feb. 2023 That theory has held for the last century and a half, but was never really demonstrated, because who really knows what's going on inside the brain of a peahen? Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2013 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 See More

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Word History


Middle English pehenne, from pe- + henne hen

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peahen was in the 15th century

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“Peahen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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