pouter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pouter one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed out
    • n pouter someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pouter (Zoöl) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for the extent to which it is able to dilate its throat and breast.
    • Pouter One who, or that which, pouts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pouter One who or that which pouts. Specifically
    • n pouter A long-legged breed of domestic pigeons, named from their characteristic habit of pouting, or puffing up the breast, sometimes to surprising size and almost globular shape. They occur in many different color-varieties. Pygmy pouters have the same form and habit, but are of very small size, like the bantams among chickens.
    • n pouter Same as pout .
    • n pouter A sportsman whose game is poults or young grouse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pouter one who pouts: a variety of pigeon, having its breast inflated
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. E. pout, and G. puter, turkey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; cf. prov. Fr. pot, pout, lip, Fr. bouder, to pout; W. pwdu, pout.

Usage

In literature:

POUTER PIGEON, variation in.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
I didn't suppose he would come back, and I didn't care, neither, for it's my belief he has a streak of Pouter.
"Animal Heroes" by Ernest Thompson Seton
How wonderfully successful you have been in breeding Pouters!
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
He swelled up like a pouter pigeon; and shook his fist at the door.
"The Scotch Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
The pouter brute yonder, for instance.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
Its neck is ample and bloated, and when distended in excitement reminds one of a pouter-pigeon.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Their names are the Carrier, the Pouter, the Fantail, and the Tumbler.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
Let us recognize it as an exquisite creation of art, not of nature, as wonderful as the pouter pigeon or the saffron rose.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
He made her think now of a sort of pouter pigeon.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
ENGLISH POUTER ... 137 19.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
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In science:

At the outer boundary (boundary with vacuum) the following condition is defined: Pouter boundary = 0.
Magnetorotational supernovae
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