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n. pl. peafowl or pea·fowls
Any of three large pheasants, Pavo cristatus of India and Sri Lanka, P. muticus of South and Southeast Asia, or Afropavo congensis of central Africa.

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n, pl -fowls or -fowl
1. (Animals) either of two large pheasants, Pavo cristatus (blue peafowl) of India and Sri Lanka and P. muticus (green peafowl) of SE Asia. The males (peacocks) have a characteristic bright plumage. See peacock1
2. (Animals) a rare closely related African species, Afropavo congensis (Congo peafowl), both sexes of which are brightly coloured
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n., pl. -fowls, (esp. collectively) -fowl.
any of several large gallinaceous birds of the genera Pavo, of S and SE Asia, and Afropavo, of central Africa. Compare peacock, peahen.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peafowl - very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental birdpeafowl - very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental bird
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
genus Pavo, Pavo - peafowl
peachick, pea-chick - a young peafowl
peacock - male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
peahen - female peafowl
blue peafowl, Pavo cristatus - peafowl of India and Ceylon
green peafowl, Pavo muticus - peafowl of southeast Asia
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Related words
adjective pavonine
male peacock
female peahen
collective noun muster
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