I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pygoun, pijun, from Late Latin pipion-, pipio young bird, from Latin pipire to chirp Date: 14th century 1. any of a widely distributed family (Columbidae, order Columbiformes) of birds with a stout body, rather short legs, and smooth and compact plumage; especially a member of any of numerous varieties of the rock dove that exist in domestication and in the feral state in cities and towns throughout most of the world 2. a young woman 3. an easy mark ; dupe 4. clay pigeon II. noun Etymology: alteration of pidgin Date: 1826 an object of special concern ; accepted business or interest <
tennis was not his pigeon

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