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.
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.
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.
The embroidered parade costume of the Elector of Saxony, precisely the color of a peacock's tail, is enough to drive one to tears.
Teeth are the human equivalent of a peacock's tail - a sign of health and genetic quality designed to help choose a mate.
I argue that the Ferrari is exactly the same in the human context as, say, the peacock's tail is to the peacock.
In her essay "The King of the Birds" (1961), O'Connor describes the moment the peacock spreads its tail, which silences the viewer and causes others to respectfully remove their hats; in "The Displaced Person" (1954), a peacock's tail comes to signify the transfiguration of Christ.
The tree's visual similarity to a peacock's tail feathers metaphorically suggests a central element of Benson's achievement: the rich and varied colors he creates with his signature "multiple impression pigment prints.
Just like the multiform colors of the peacock's tail, the Kurdistan Region is vibrant and diverse, and the Yezidi Kurds have made an important contribution to the Region's collective culture.
There she stood a while longer, reflecting, her unseeing eyes directly in front of the peacock's tail.