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pigeon

  
[1]  
      n  
1    any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes  
   See       rock dove  
2    Slang   a victim or dupe  
     (C14: from Old French pijon young dove, from Late Latin pipio young bird, from pipire to chirp)  
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pigeon   [2]  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it's his, her, etc., pigeon)  
     (C19: altered from pidgin)  

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rock dove   , pigeon         
      n   a common dove, Columba livia, from which domestic and feral pigeons are descended. It has a pale grey plumage with black-striped wings  


Cape pigeon  
      n   a species of seagoing petrel, Daption capensis, with characteristic white wing patches: a common winter visitor off the coasts of southern Africa: family Diomedeidae,   (Also called)    pintado petrel  
carrier pigeon  
      n   any homing pigeon, esp. one used for carrying messages  
clay pigeon  
      n  
1    a disc of baked clay hurled into the air from a machine as a target to be shot at  
2      (U.S.)  
slang   a person in a defenceless position; sitting duck  
homing pigeon  
      n   any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racing,   (Also called)    homer  
passenger pigeon  
      n   a gregarious North American pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius: became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century  
pigeon   [1]  
      n  
1    any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes  
   See       rock dove  
2    Slang   a victim or dupe  
     (C14: from Old French pijon young dove, from Late Latin pipio young bird, from pipire to chirp)  
pigeon   [2]  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it's his, her, etc., pigeon)  
     (C19: altered from pidgin)  
pigeon breast  
      n   a deformity of the chest characterized by an abnormal protrusion of the breastbone, caused by rickets or by obstructed breathing during infancy,   (Also called)    chicken breast  
pigeon hawk  
      n   the North American variety of the merlin  
pigeon-hearted   , pigeon-livered         
      adj   of a timid or fearful disposition  
pigeon pea  
      n      another name for       dhal  
pigeon-toed  
      adj   having the toes turned inwards  
rock pigeon  
      n      another name for       rock dove  
stool pigeon  
      n  
1    a living or dummy pigeon used to decoy others  
2    an informer for the police; nark  
3      (U.S.)  
slang   a person acting as a decoy  
wood pigeon  
      n   a large Eurasian pigeon, Columba palumbus, having white patches on the wings and neck,   (Also called)    ringdove, cushat  

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pigeon

  
1    bird, culver     (archaic)   cushat, dove, squab  
2      (slang)   dupe, fall guy     (informal)   gull     (archaic)   mug     (Brit. slang)   sitting duck, sitting target, sucker     (slang)   victim  
3      (Brit. informal)   baby     (slang)   business, concern, lookout     (informal)   responsibility, worry  

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