peacock's tail

peacock's tail

n
(Plants) a handsome brown seaweed, Padina pavonia (though coloured yellow-olive, red, and green) whose fan-shaped fronds have concentric bands of iridescent hairs
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The wind had blown the fog away, and the sky was like a monstrous peacock's tail, starred with myriads of golden eyes.
For instance, the Elemis Pro Collagen Age-Defying Facial, AED 600, contains red coral and Padina pavonica algae, known as Peacock's Tail, while the organic oils used in the Soul Signature Massage, AED 500, leave the skin feeling supple.
At the end of Cedar Street, The Peacock's Tail sat in the shadow of the I-90 overpass, its ornamental brickwork and arched windows clashing with the giant concrete feet that held the highway aloft.
Anomalies like the peacock's tail led Darwin to propose the theory of sexual selection: some traits evolve because they carry a reproductive advantage.
Be it something akin to a tensed claw, swan beak or peacock's tail, the dancers' hands took on lives of their own and formed a common thread through the piece.
The integrated movement of the Lady Compliquee was created exclusively for Faberge; the manually-wound, retrograde movement features four peacock's tail feathers, each moving simultaneously but at different speeds, so telling the time in a uniquely poetic way.
The next plate finds Dante, in one of the most carefully worked-up illustrations of the series, standing before Beatrice's chariot: a hallucinatory allegory, feathered and eyed like a peacock's tail, as much alive as the griffon drawing it.
Produced by Cramele Recas, part of Lambrini and Crabbie's Ginger Beer-making Halewood International, the colourful cabernet label shows a stylised peacock's tail.
Essentially it is an attractive handicap, a little like a peacock's tail.
This metaphorical reading of the eyes on the peacock's tail and in the poem recalls Constance Rooke's observation of the dual function of the visual organ.
She also swings on some trees and assembles leaves to look like a peacock's tail as she becomes one with the animals when stranded island following a plane crash.
Some of the images from the book kept returning to me--the picture of Churchill cavorting with a splendid fish tail for example and the stunning double spread showing him loving the flamboyance of the peacock's tail in all its blue and gold glory.