homing pigeon



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

Origin of homing pigeon

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

Historical Examples of homing pigeon

  • Her lover should fly to her like homing-pigeon the instant he was released from prison.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • 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

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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