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carrier pigeon

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noun
  1. one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
  2. 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

Historical Examples

  • It is not by instinct, but by sight, that the carrier-pigeon guides its course.

    Harper's Young People, January 6, 1880

    Various

  • I want to hear all of it, all that you had no room to tell me in your carrier-pigeon messages.

  • Like the carrier-pigeon, let it go, to return with glad tidings, or none at all.

  • It is not Halil but a pigeon—a carrier-pigeon bringing a letter.

  • A good deal of excitement was caused by the capture of a carrier-pigeon in Norway.


British Dictionary definitions for carrier pigeon

carrier pigeon

noun
  1. any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages
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