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 for peacock butterfly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Peacock \Pea"cock`\ (p[=e]"k[o^]k`), n. [OE. pecok. Pea- in this
     word is from AS. pe['a], p[=a]wa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob.
     of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw`s, taw^s, Per. t[=a]us,
     t[=a]wus, Ar. t[=a]w[=u]s. See Cock the bird.]
     1. (Zool.) The male of any pheasant of the genus Pavo, of
        which at least two species are known, native of Southern
        Asia and the East Indies.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The upper tail coverts, which are long and capable of
           erection, are each marked with a black spot bordered by
           concentric bands of brilliant blue, green, and golden
           colors. The common domesticated species is Pavo
           cristatus. The Javan peacock ({Pavo muticus}) is more
           brilliantly colored than the common species.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a
        [1913 Webster]
     Peacock butterfly (Zool.), a handsome European butterfly
        ({Hamadryas Io) having ocelli like those of peacock.
     Peacock fish (Zool.), the European blue-striped wrasse
        ({Labrus variegatus); -- so called on account of its
        brilliant colors. Called also cook wrasse and cook.
     Peacock pheasant (Zool.), any one of several species of
        handsome Asiatic pheasants of the genus Polyplectron.
        They resemble the peacock in color.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  peacock butterfly
      n 1: European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked
           with a purple eyespot [syn: peacock, peacock butterfly,
           Inachis io]

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