Sea pigeon


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea pigeon The common guillemot.
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In literature:

My pigeons bring it me from over the great sea.
"The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald
Flocks of rock-pigeons and sea-swallows, similar to those of Lincoln Island, fluttered around them.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
He passed along by the Terrace, and stood for a moment looking down at the sea beyond the pigeon-shooting ground.
"The Dark Flower" by John Galsworthy
They are a small sea-fowl, about the size of a pigeon, from which resemblance they derive their name.
"A Voyage Round the World, Vol. I" by James Holman
At one time the land was flooded by the sea, and everything died except some fowls and pigeons.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
Fourteen sea pigeons would make fourteen meals, though scant ones for a husky fellow like Bobby.
"Bobby of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
They also brought on board some pigeons, of which we found plenty on all the islands where we touched in these seas.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
He rose, and went on again, reached the cliff above the Rock Pigeons' Cave, and found the place where descent to the sea was possible.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
It's miles away from the sea, but the gulls come sunning themselves and walking about like pigeons.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Pigeons and other birds were caught in traps, and quails were netted in the fields and on the sea-shore.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

But never a footstep comes to trouble
The sea-gulls in the new-sown corn,
Or pigeons rising from late stubble
And flashing lighter as they turn.
"A Lonely Place" by Edward Shanks
The pier is empty. Pigeons coo and chatter
And peck at corn and scraps of food… At sea,
The ship's stern sways, the bowsprit draws a pattern
Upon the dimming sky's dark canopy.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin
We drove past the hatchery,
the hut that sells bait,
past Pigeon Cove, past the Yacht Club, past Squall's
Hill, to the house that waits
still, on the top of the sea,
and two portraits hung on the opposite walls.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton