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carrier pigeon

noun
1.
one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
2.
a homing pigeon trained to carry messages.
Origin of carrier pigeon
1640-1650
1640-50
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  • Has not the carrier pigeon an infinitely better sense of locality than we have?

  • But you might as well have tried to wander a carrier pigeon.

  • Silver Cloud all this time was hastening with the speed of a carrier pigeon, nearly due north.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • A carrier pigeon flies home, and so we say it "knows" the way.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
  • A carrier pigeon flies, for a short time, at the rate of one hundred miles an hour, and some birds much faster.

  • The incident of the carrier pigeon was too fresh in his mind for that.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • He was looking at his copy of the code message he had taken from the carrier pigeon.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • But she was thinking about the carrier pigeon, and Victoria's advice.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Not a chance; nor is that little chap back there beyond Fort Chipewyan, the one with the carrier pigeon.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • Once on her window-sill Harmony found among the pigeons a carrier pigeon with a brass tube fastened to its leg.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for carrier pigeon

carrier pigeon

noun
1.
any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages
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