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carrier pigeon

one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
a homing pigeon trained to carry messages.
Origin of carrier pigeon
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I want to hear all of it, all that you had no room to tell me in your carrier-pigeon messages.

  • It is not by instinct, but by sight, that the carrier-pigeon guides its course.

  • As she read, the carrier-pigeon went on pecking at the seeds in the basket, and the doves of the mosque watched it enviously.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Like the carrier-pigeon, let it go, to return with glad tidings, or none at all.

  • You can't think how word flies from one harem to another—like a carrier-pigeon!

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • It is not Halil but a pigeon—a carrier-pigeon bringing a letter.

  • She is so frightened that she becomes ill, but manages to send word to her father by means of a carrier-pigeon.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • He's not a carrier-pigeon, though he brings Important messages beneath his wings.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • Like an exiled cat or a carrier-pigeon, he was making a straight line for home, but did not know it.

  • carrier-pigeon, a swindler, one who formerly used to cheat lottery-office keepers.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for carrier-pigeon

carrier pigeon

any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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