[ 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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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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