GEORGE PEACOCK (1791-1858), English mathematician, was born at Thornton Hall, Denton, near Darlington, on the 9th of April 1791.
The middle feathers of the tail, ordinarily concealed, as are those of the Peacock, by the uropygials, are black, and the outer white with a black base.
The feathers of a peacock afford a convenient example of primitive and degenerative simplicity.
Augustine made experiments on the flesh of a peacock in order to find physical evidence for the doctrine.
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