clay pigeon


: a saucer-shaped target usually made of baked clay or limestone and pitch and thrown from a trap in skeet and trapshooting

Examples of clay pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are three major clay pigeon shooting disciplines: sporting clays, trap and skeet. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2023 Trap features one station from which clay pigeons are launched. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2023 Meanwhile, Claudia details on-board clay pigeon shooting, fencing classes and time spent working out in the on-board gym. Francesca Street, CNN, 30 Mar. 2023 Guests can also partake in a plethora of on-site outdoor activities, including golf (there’s an 18-hole course) and trout fishing, falconry and clay pigeon shooting. Malina Saval, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 Cotswolds area activities and experiences can also be arranged, which might include local market tours or clay pigeon shooting. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2022 Saunter over to the spa, play a round of golf, or try out archery or clay pigeon shooting during your stay. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2021 The team finally became a reality thanks to a clay pigeon shoot fundraiser in May that raised more money than expected. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2021 Activities included horseback riding, cattle driving, snowmobiling, clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 8 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clay pigeon was in 1888

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“Clay pigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

clay pigeon

: a saucer-shaped object made of baked clay and used as a target in trapshooting
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