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 Pi’ony or Peony.Pi’ous (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Piou-piou.
 
An infantry soldier. This is probably a corruption of pion, a pawn or foot-soldier. Cotgrave, however, thinks the French foot-soldiers are so called from their habit of pilfering chickens, whose cry is piou piou.   1
 


 Pi’ony or Peony.Pi’ous (2 syl.). 

 
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