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:
1640–50

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carrier pigeon
 
n
any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages

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The nearest equivalent to tweeting, back then, was to send a message by carrier pigeon.
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