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passenger pigeon

noun
1.
an extinct pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, once found in great numbers in North America, noted for its sustained migratory flights.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism
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passenger pigeon

noun
1.
a gregarious North American pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius: became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century
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