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pigeon breast

noun Pathology.
  1. chicken breast.
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Origin of pigeon breast

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called pigeon chest.
Related formspi·geon-breast·ed, adjectivepi·geon-breast·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for pigeon breast

Historical Examples

  • He is an old, old man with a weazen face, and the remains of a pigeon-breast in his military surtout.

    The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete

    John Forster

  • Ambition, the vice of great souls, burned within Spofford's pigeon-breast.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for pigeon breast

pigeon breast

  1. a deformity of the chest characterized by an abnormal protrusion of the breastbone, caused by rickets or by obstructed breathing during infancyAlso called: chicken breast
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pigeon breast in Medicine

pigeon breast

  1. A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets.chicken breast pectus carinatum
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