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homing pigeon

noun
1.
any pigeon used to carry messages and equipped by training and breeding to fly home, sometimes from great distances.
Origin of homing pigeon
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • If you sell it for as much as you paid for it, back it comes to you again like a homing pigeon.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
  • From the companionway to the bridge, his course was as swift and sure as a homing pigeon's.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • And so the young man had gone to his father, straight as a homing pigeon.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • And Ginger, beaming happily, swooped on Sally's table like a homing pigeon.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • And always, whether he walked in reason or in delirium, his course held eastward, straight as a homing pigeon for its loft.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Jack was thinking just at that moment of the other message his companion and he had found attached to the homing pigeon.

  • For a moment it floated round in a circle like some homing pigeon trying to find its bearings before starting on a return journey.

    A Chinese Wonder Book Norman Hinsdale Pitman
  • Kate Greenaway had been taught to hunt that rail as a homing pigeon its cote.

  • Twice he tossed it lightly and twice it flew over the heads of the circle and back like a homing pigeon as he lightly caught it.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The FW's dropped in behind, unable to head him off, but the Me's came on like falcons trapping a homing pigeon.

British Dictionary definitions for homing pigeon

homing pigeon

noun
1.
any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racing Also called homer
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