homing pigeon


any pigeon used to carry messages and equipped by training and breeding to fly home, sometimes from great distances.


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Origin of homing pigeon

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example sentences from the Web for homing pigeon

  • After a few days in green pastures and beside still waters the soul suddenly turns like a homing-pigeon to poetry.

    The Joyful Heart|Robert Haven Schauffler
  • The canine was a sort of homing-pigeon dog, trained, like a carrier pigeon, to return from each new master as soon as freed.

    Dynamite Stories|Hudson Maxim
  • Her lover should fly to her like homing-pigeon the instant he was released from prison.

    Under Fire|Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for homing pigeon

homing pigeon


any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racingAlso called: homer
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