carrier pigeon

noun

Definition of carrier pigeon

1 : a pigeon used to carry messages especially : homing pigeon
2 : any of a breed of large long-bodied show pigeons

Examples of carrier pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hey, at least she's managed to eliminate the carrier pigeon from that process. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 May 2022 The ship was fitted with a full-length flight deck, aviation support equipment, an aircraft elevator for moving between the flight deck and hangar, and even a carrier pigeon house for use with airplanes that didn’t have radios. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2022 They were written by Barack Obama and delivered by a carrier pigeon with socialist leanings. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 11 Feb. 2022 Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon credited with rescuing a U.S. battalion from friendly fire in World War I, has been on display at the Smithsonian for more a century. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Connecting by postcards seemed as odd as using a carrier pigeon. Joan Donaldson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2021 Attach thousands of tiny notes to an extremely industrious carrier pigeon? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 17 Feb. 2021 European merchant bankers used carrier pigeon networks in the 18th century to get an edge. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, 6 Feb. 2021 One famous American carrier pigeon, Cher Ami, delivered 12 important messages. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of carrier pigeon

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carrier pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrier%20pigeon. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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