[AS., L. pavo, a peacock.] One of the most beautiful of birds, of a nature similar to the pheasant, with a tail of very long, bright feathers. It is elegant in form and graceful in its movements, with a splendid crest or tuft on the head, while the feathers of its tail are of an emerald green, purple and gold, studded with richly-shaded eye-like markings, and are capable of erection. The female birds are smaller, and not nearly so handsome, being of a sombre brownish pjumage, and presenting a striking contrast to the brilliant appearance of their mates. The cry of the peacock is very harsh and loud. Wild peacocks are still plentiful in many parts of India, and in Java, Sumatra, etc., and in these places hunting them forms a favorite amusement of the sportsman. The feathers of the peacock are used for trimming clothes and fans, and for ornamental brushes. Its flesh was eaten in ancient times. The Romans used to think it a great delicacy, and the emperors had dishes served at their feasts made entirely of the brains and tongues of peacocks. But peacocks are not much eaten now, as their flesh is not so good as that of the turkey and other fowls.