carrier pigeon

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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carrier pigeon

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