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passenger pigeon

noun

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


passenger pigeon

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of passenger pigeon1

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Example Sentences

Just like we have no cultural memory for passenger pigeons blotting out the sun, or the scale of American bisons.

If mammoths or passenger pigeons were to end up going extinct a second time, that would be doubly tragic.

The shopping mall record store has pretty much gone the way of the passenger pigeon, but there was a time when it was a busy crossroads for music lovers, both fans and performers alike.

The entire passenger pigeon population at the time probably numbered in the billions.

The American passenger pigeon, once very abundant in the Middle West, is now extinct.

The cougar is well-known to frequent the great roosts of the passenger-pigeon, and is fond of the flesh of these birds.

The Wild or Passenger Pigeon, once so abundant in this county, was found in flocks throughout the year.

Notwithstanding the disparity in size and color, he has certain peculiarities that remind one of the Passenger-pigeon.

Now, only the Passenger Pigeon is included in this genus, while formerly the Zenaidura carolinensis auct.

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