carrier pigeon


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 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 But without the trade war, there would still be a reckoning at some point for TikTok, as there was in turn for Twitter, Facebook, TV, radio, the telephone, the telegraph and the carrier pigeon. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2020 Even his carrier pigeons were inspired to feats of heroism. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 29 Mar. 2020 The Rothschilds supposedly owe much of their fortune to a carrier pigeon that brought news of the French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo faster than ships. The Economist, 5 Oct. 2019 These supplies, ranging from M-4 tanks, 240-mm howitzers and flame throwers, to bazookas, razor blades, and carrier pigeon free, were moved by ships on a rigid timetable. Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of carrier pigeon

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carrier pigeon was in 1647

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8 Jul 2021

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“Carrier pigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carrier pigeon

: a type of pigeon that is trained to carry messages

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