[ tur-bit ]
/ ˈtɜr bɪt /
one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a stout, roundish body, a short head and beak, and a ruffled breast and neck.
Origin of turbit
1680–90; variant of turbot; apparently because, like the fish, the bird is toplike in outline
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Examples from the Web for turbit
The direction and length of certain feathers have been much modified, as in the hood of the Jacobin and the frill of the Turbit.
The Pouter inflates both its true crop and œsophagus; the Turbit inflates in a much less degree the œsophagus alone.
British Dictionary definitions for turbit
/ (ˈtɜːbɪt) /
a crested breed of domestic pigeon
Word Origin for turbit
C17: from Latin turbō spinning top, with reference to the bird's shape; compare turbot
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