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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
1640-1650
1640-50
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carrier pigeon

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