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

Definition of peahen

: a female peafowl

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Hunger Game: Is Honesty Between Animals Always the Best Policy?," 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, "Sahuaro Ranch boasts one of Glendale's earliest cool homes. Take a look," 18 July 2019 Sometimes, as with peahens and their strutting peacock counterparts, the divergence can be more striking. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "What the Large Penises of Tiny Crustaceans Tell Us About Evolution," 16 Apr. 2018 In the Catholic Church hierarchy, men were the peacocks and women were peahens. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, "“Heavenly Bodies,” the Met’s Biggest Show Ever, Earns Its Hallelujahs," 11 Apr. 2018 While the tails of peacocks and peahens are extremely different, their feet, for example, are pretty much the same. Smithsonian, "What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference," 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, "Peacock takes out $500 in wine after crashing liquor store," 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, "Big bird’s destructive rampage in California liquor store," 6 June 2017 An animal-control officer responded after Ghanem called 911, approaching the peahen with gloves and a fishing net. Washington Post, "Peacock takes out $500 in wine after crashing liquor store," 7 June 2017

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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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“Peahen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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