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homing pigeon

any pigeon used to carry messages and equipped by training and breeding to fly home, sometimes from great distances.
Origin of homing pigeon
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After a few days in green pastures and beside still waters the soul suddenly turns like a homing-pigeon to poetry.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
  • The canine was a sort of homing-pigeon dog, trained, like a carrier pigeon, to return from each new master as soon as freed.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • Her lover should fly to her like homing-pigeon the instant he was released from prison.

    Under Fire Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for homing-pigeon

homing pigeon

any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racing Also called homer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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