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passenger pigeon

Syllabification: pas·sen·ger pi·geon

Definition of passenger pigeon in English:

noun

An extinct long-tailed North American pigeon, noted for its long migrations in huge flocks. It was relentlessly hunted, the last individual dying in captivity in 1914.
  • Ectopistes migratorius, family Columbidae
Example sentences
  • Some have become extinct, the great auk, the passenger pigeon and the famous dodo bird have all disappeared.
  • The euro may strengthen against the dollar, but I think the dollar and the euro share the same fate, like the passenger pigeon and the Carolina parakeet.
  • If we had been smarter, we'd still have the passenger pigeon and the Carolina parakeet.

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