Origin of pigeon breast
First recorded in 1840–50
Also called pigeon chest.
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Examples from the Web for pigeon breast
He is an old, old man with a weazen face, and the remains of a pigeon-breast in his military surtout.
Ambition, the vice of great souls, burned within Spofford's pigeon-breast.Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- 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
- A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets.chicken breast pectus carinatum
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