This lovely word means like a peacock.
It can describe anything that resembles a peacock - which at first thought would seem to be...er...well, a peacock, but actually the word pavonine might refer to a peacock's horrible screeching cry:
photo by Albinfo
its strutting walk, its silly topknot (see above):
its disapproving eye, or its frankly ridiculous train of a tail:
photo by Ashishmahaur
Pavonine can also describe something with the colours, pattern or iridescence of a peacock's tail:
photo by Satdeep gill
Whether you choose to dress in turquoise and green:
Zang Toi peacock gown. Photo by abigail
to wear a spiky topknot:
Chloe Moo, photo by Chris Phutully
to view the world with a certain hauteur:
Dame Edith Evans. Photo by Allan warren
or to trail a few metres of fabric after you:
is, of course, up to you.
I suppose I could wear my dark green cardigan and blue jeans, and I could certainly borrow a fascinator to complete le tout ensemble: but on the whole I think I won't.
I think I might try walking around as if I'm made of slightly faulty clockwork, instead.
Thing To Be Today: pavonine. This word comes from the Latin word pāvōnīnus, from pāvō, peacock.