homing pigeon

homing pigeon
noun Date: 1886 a racing pigeon trained to return home

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Homing pigeon — Homing Hom ing (h[=o]m [i^]ng), p. a. Home returning; used specifically of carrier pigeons. [1913 Webster] {Homing pigeon}, any pigeon trained to return home from a distance. Also called {carrier pigeon}. Most are bred from the domestic pigeon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homing pigeon — homing pigeons N COUNT A homing pigeon is a pigeon that is trained to return to a particular place, especially in races with other pigeons …   English dictionary

  • homing pigeon — homing .pigeon n a ↑pigeon that is able to find its way home over long distances …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • homing pigeon — n. any of a variety of pigeon trained to carry messages and to return to its home after traveling long distances: cf. RACING HOMER …   English World dictionary

  • homing pigeon — homing ,pigeon noun count a type of bird that can fly home across long distances …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Homing pigeon — White Homing pigeon The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon derived from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) selectively bred to find its way home over extremely long distances.[1] The wild rock pigeon has an innate homing ability …   Wikipedia

  • homing pigeon — noun pigeon trained to return home • Syn: ↑homer • Hypernyms: ↑domestic pigeon • Hyponyms: ↑carrier pigeon * * * noun : a racing pigeon sometimes used for carrying messages and trained to return to its loft from distances up to 500 miles or more… …   Useful english dictionary

  • homing pigeon — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms homing pigeon : singular homing pigeon plural homing pigeons a type of bird that can fly home across long distances …   English dictionary

  • homing pigeon — noun A variety of domesticated rock pigeon (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. Syn: carrier pigeon, homer, messenger pigeon, racer, racing homer, racing pigeon See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • homing pigeon — Synonyms and related words: Aquarius, Ganymede, Hebe, bearer, bheesty, busboy, caddie, cargo handler, carrier, carrier pigeon, carter, common carrier, conveyer, coolie, cupbearer, drayman, express, expressman, freighter, gun bearer, hauler, homer …   Moby Thesaurus

  • homing pigeon — carrier pigeon, pigeon that can be used to deliver messages because it has the ability to find its way home …   English contemporary dictionary

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