1A stout seed- or fruit-eating bird with a small head, short legs, and a cooing voice, typically having grey and white plumage. See also dove1 (sense 1).
- Their short breeding cycle allows pigeons and doves to have more broods to compensate for their small brood sizes and relatively high rates of predation.
- This diet mimics the composition of crop milk in white Carneaux pigeons, Columbia livia, and the diet of older squabs.
- After lunch, we walked round the spit and swam in a sea like silk, with only a sea eagle and a few white Torres Strait pigeons for company.
1.1 (also domestic or feral pigeon) A pigeon descended from the wild rock dove, kept for racing, showing, and carrying messages, and common as a feral bird in towns.
- Until recently, winter nesting in British birds has been very rare beyond a handful of species that include the wood pigeon, feral pigeon, and collared dove.
- Descended from wild rock doves, homing pigeons can locate their lofts, or roosts, even when released several thousand miles away.
- Its been estimated by some pigeon fanciers that there as many as 500 wild pigeons in the town centre.
2 informal , chiefly North American A gullible person, especially someone swindled in gambling or the victim of a confidence trick.
- At the end of the day, one has to admit that most would-be megastars, the pigeons in this behavioral con game, are complicit in their deception.
- The pigeon is the gaming commission who doesn't recognize the gambler's need for excitement and agrees to bar them from casinos.
- In Trafalgar Square, he meets up with Bugsy, a fat, smelly, cheeky con-man pigeon, who ends up volunteering for the war effort by mistake.
1 archaic spelling of pidgin.
- They spent two weeks there practising the local language - a pigeon English called Krio - and lazing on the beaches.
- To make it even better, this guy only spoke French and Paul spoke pigeon French.
- People who first spoke pigeon languages (e.g. Creole) which were just a combination of other languages had kids that incorporated grammar and usage into the language that the parents never used or taught.