carrier pigeon
noun Date: 1647 1. a pigeon used to carry messages; especially homing pigeon 2. any of a breed of large long-bodied show pigeons

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  • Carrier pigeon — Carrier Car ri*er, n. [From {Carry}.] 1. One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger. [1913 Webster] The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is employed, or makes it his business, to carry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carrier pigeon — carrier .pigeon n a ↑pigeon (=type of bird) that has been trained to carry messages …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • carrier pigeon — carrier ,pigeon noun count a PIGEON that has been trained to carry messages …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carrier pigeon — ► NOUN ▪ a homing pigeon trained to carry messages …   English terms dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — n. 1. former name for HOMING PIGEON 2. any of a breed of large show pigeons with big wattles …   English World dictionary

  • Carrier pigeon — A Carrier pigeon is a Homing Pigeon (specifically a domesticated Rock Pigeon, Columba livia ) that has been used to carry messages. Using pigeons to carry messages is generally called pigeon post. Most homing/racing type varieties can be used to… …   Wikipedia

  • carrier pigeon — noun a homing pigeon used to carry messages • Hypernyms: ↑homing pigeon, ↑homer * * * noun, pl ⋯ geons [count] : a type of pigeon that is trained to carry messages * * * ˈcarrier pigeon [carrier pigeon carrier pigeons] …   Useful english dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms carrier pigeon : singular carrier pigeon plural carrier pigeons a pigeon that has been trained to carry messages …   English dictionary

  • carrier 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

  • carrier pigeon — pigeon which is used to carry and deliver messages …   English contemporary dictionary

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

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