• WordNet 3.6
    • n pigeon wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pinocchio's Wild Ride on the Pigeon's Back Pinocchio's Wild Ride on the Pigeon's Back
DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range: North and South America. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range:...
The Pigeon Toad The Pigeon Toad
Oscar looks at the two dead white pigeons Oscar looks at the two dead white pigeons
Oscar's master finds the buried pigeons Oscar's master finds the buried pigeons

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood.
    • Pigeon An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull.
    • Pigeon (Zoöl) Any bird of the order Columbæ, of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
    • v. t Pigeon To pluck; to fleece; to swindle by tricks in gambling. "He's pigeoned and undone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pigeons can see ultraviolet lights
    • n pigeon Any bird of the family Columbidæ (which see for technical characters); a dove. ; . The species are several hundred in number, and are found in nearly all parts of the world. Many kinds are distinguished by qualifying terms, as fruit-pigeon, ground-pigeon, passenger-pigeon, nutmeg-pigeon, rock-pigeon, and any of them may be called dove, as stock-dove, rock-dove, ring-dove, turtle-dove, wood-dove. (See the compound names, and dove.) Few species are commonly seen in confinement, except in very extensive aviaries, one of the commonest being the ring-dove; but the rock-pigeon or rock-dove, Columba livia, is everywhere thoroughly domesticated, and perhaps all the artificial varieties have been produced by careful breeding from this one. Fancy pigeons have naturally received many fanciful names of their breeds, strains, and endless color-variations. Some of these names are
    • n pigeon A simpleton to be swindled; a gull: opposed to rook. See stool-pigeon.
    • n pigeon A toy consisting of a light propeller-wheel, which, on being made to revolve rapidly by means of a string wound about a shaft on which it rests, rises in the air in a short flight.
    • pigeon To pluck; fleece; strip of money by the tricks of gambling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In New Jersey it is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
    • n Pigeon pij′un a well-known bird, the dove: any bird of the dove family
    • v.t Pigeon to put into a pigeon-hole: to lay aside and treat with neglect
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Has it [popular sovereignty] not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A pigeon is the same thing as a dove. Did you know that?”


Cat among the pigeons - If something or someone puts, or sets or lets, the cat among the pigeons, they create a disturbance and cause trouble.
Stool pigeon - (USA) A stool pigeon is a police informer.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. pipio, a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire, to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep to chirp


In literature:

Then smoke the pipe, and you will find that the smoke will turn into pigeons.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
Haven't you seen golden pigeons, three and four hundred in a flock, in California?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
Pink-footed pigeons strutted, rooketty-cooing along the roofs.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
I settled Pigeon Creek, or husband and I did.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Soon after Dalim Kumar missed his pigeons and began calling them.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Pigeon was playing with stones which she had gathered and tossed into the fire.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
When he saw the "golden pigeons from California," he was considerably astonished!
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
I've an idea there'll be pigeon pies for supper.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
We spent the afternoon on shore shooting pigeons.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Pigeons were very numerous in the woods, and the boys of my age, and the traders, were busy shooting them.
"The True Story Book"

In poetry:

I cried "O stir no more!
(My breast was touched with tears).
O pigeons, make no stir
A childless woman hears."
"No Child" by Padraic Colum
They have wakened the wood-pigeon
To make her plaintive moan,
The wood-pigeon lamenting
For sorrows not her own.
"Wings In The Night " by Katharine Tynan
MY people are gray,
pigeon gray, dawn gray, storm gray.
I call them beautiful,
and I wonder where they are going.
"My People" by Carl Sandburg
I shall be loved as quiet things
Are loved—white pigeons in the sun,
Curled yellow leaves that whisper down
One after one;
"I Shall Be Loved As Quiet Things" by Karle Wilson Baker
This thing which would appear to show
A fancy vest scenario,
Is really quite another thing --
A flock of pigeons on the wing.
"Post-Impressionism" by Bert Leston Taylor
A BOY a pigeon once possess'd,
In gay and brilliant plumage dress'd;
He loved it well, and in boyish sport
Its food to take from his mouth he taught,
And in his pigeon he took such pride,
That his joy to others he needs must confide.
"The Dilettante And The Critic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

The droves of pigeons started showing up a few years ago when more houses were built in Rio Rancho.
Nearly a year ago, Action 7 News found pigeons piling up by the dozens in the same neighborhood.
Bend show will feature Pigeon John, Sunspot Jonz, more.
Experts say the skeletal remains of a pigeon discovered in the chimney of a house in southern England carried a mysterious, long-forgotten message from World War II.
During the war the Dickin Medal, which is the highest possible animal's decoration for valor, was awarded to 32 pigeons , including the United States Army Pigeon Service's G.I.
Skeletal remains of a pigeon discovered in the chimney of a house in.
The skeletal remains of a pigeon found in the chimney of a house in England, which carried a mysterious, long-forgotten message from World War II.
Pigeon English , by Stephen Kelman.
Pigeon English , by Stephen Kelman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pp.
' Pigeon English ' a remarkable debut.
Escaping the Pigeon Hole Why small group leaders really need to be "pastors"—and vice versa.
?½ and "In Pigeon House " at The Den Theatre.
Just started trapping pigeons for dog training and selling to other trainers.
Does anyone have a good idea for a small pigeon house.
I know that pigeons need some room, but I'm thinking just a few pairs to start with that I'll breed and house.

In science:

These scattered pigeons and upset apples will be important for my reply to the RDA in Section 7.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Since there are at most |Q|2 pairs of tuples in Q × Q, and the input has a length greater than |Q|2 , by the pigeon hole principle we have (sl , ql ) = (sm , qm ) for some 1 ≤ l < m ≤ r.
Generalized Counters and Reversal Complexity
By the pigeon hole principle, there exists i < j such that f (wi ) = f (w j ).
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
If q = o(n), the pigeon-hole principle ensures that at least one of these components traps the walk for a time of order n.
Trapping in the random conductance model
GAP i=1 kigi | − nKi ≤ ki ≤ nKi}, and because |nQ| ≤ nrN = nO(1) , the pigeon-hole i qixi takes some value in nQ with probability n−O(1) .
Circular law for random discrete matrices of given row sum