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passenger pigeon

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noun

an extinct pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, once found in great numbers in North America, noted for its sustained migratory flights.

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Nearby words

passel, passement, passementerie, passenger, passenger mile, passenger pigeon, passepied, passer, passer-by, passerby, passeriform

Origin of passenger pigeon

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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passenger pigeon


noun

a gregarious North American pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius: became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century
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