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A symbolic or decorative object conventionally associated with a given individual or activity. For example, in Roman mythology the peacock is the traditional attribute of Juno, the chief goddess of Olympus. The classical author Ovid (Metamorphoses) relates how Argus of the hundred eyes, set by Juno to watch over Io, was murdered by Mercury. In memory of Argus, Juno took his eyes and set them in the tail of her peacock.

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