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turbit

[tur-bit]
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noun
  1. one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a stout, roundish body, a short head and beak, and a ruffled breast and neck.

Origin of turbit

1680–90; variant of turbot; apparently because, like the fish, the bird is toplike in outline
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Historical Examples

  • Soup top and bottom (white and brown), removed by turbit and sammon with immense boles of lobster-sauce.

    The History of Samuel Titmarsh

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The Pouter inflates both its true crop and œsophagus; the Turbit inflates in a much less degree the œsophagus alone.

  • The direction and length of certain feathers have been much modified, as in the hood of the Jacobin and the frill of the Turbit.


British Dictionary definitions for turbit

turbit

noun
  1. a crested breed of domestic pigeon

Word Origin

C17: from Latin turbō spinning top, with reference to the bird's shape; compare turbot
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