Posted by ESC on October 10, 2000
In Reply to: MEANING OF PROUD AS A PEACOCK posted by DOTTI on October 10, 2000
: DOES ANYONE KNOW THE MEANING OF PROUD AS A PEACOCK?
PEACOCK - "Although the word is now used for both male and female of the species, the peacock is strictly speaking the male of the peafowl, distinguished by the long, green iridescent tail that it spreads out like a fan.The male peacock's beauty and bearing led to its name becoming a synonym for a vain, self-conscious person and to the expression 'proud as a peacock." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)