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  1. one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a stout, roundish body, a short head and beak, and a ruffled breast and neck.
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Origin of turbit

1680–90; variant of turbot; apparently because, like the fish, the bird is toplike in outline
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Historical Examples

  • Soup top and bottom (white and brown), removed by turbit and sammon with immense boles of lobster-sauce.

    The History of Samuel Titmarsh

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The Pouter inflates both its true crop and œsophagus; the Turbit inflates in a much less degree the œsophagus alone.

  • The direction and length of certain feathers have been much modified, as in the hood of the Jacobin and the frill of the Turbit.

British Dictionary definitions for turbit


  1. a crested breed of domestic pigeon
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin turbō spinning top, with reference to the bird's shape; compare turbot
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