- one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
- a homing pigeon trained to carry messages.
Origin of carrier pigeon
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for carrier pigeon
It is not by instinct, but by sight, that the carrier-pigeon guides its course.
I want to hear all of it, all that you had no room to tell me in your carrier-pigeon messages.The Saracen: The Holy War
Like the carrier-pigeon, let it go, to return with glad tidings, or none at all.The Puddleford Papers,
H. H. Riley
It is not Halil but a pigeon—a carrier-pigeon bringing a letter.Halil the Pedlar
A good deal of excitement was caused by the capture of a carrier-pigeon in Norway.
- any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages
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