pavonine


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pav·o·nine

 (păv′ə-nīn′)
adj.
1. Of or resembling a peacock.
2. Resembling a peacock's tail in color, design, or iridescence.

[Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō, pāvōn-, peacock.]
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pavonine

(ˈpævəˌnaɪn)
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or resembling a peacock or the colours, design, or iridescence of a peacock's tail
[C17: from Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō peacock]
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pavonine (also called peacock or peacock blue: a moderate greenish blue)
peacock (also called pavonine or peacock blue: a moderate greenish blue)
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