homing pigeon

noun

Definition of homing pigeon 

: a racing pigeon trained to return home

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At the time, homing pigeons were used to relay messages from the front lines, so the soldiers tried sending two birds back to headquarters for help. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pigeons Are Actually the Most Magnificent Bird," 20 Nov. 2018 While many Chicagoans might think pigeon racing is rushing to their bedroom windows at 4:30 a.m. to chase away the birds and their infernal cooing, aldermen have introduced a proposal to bring back the sport of racing homing pigeons. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Alderman's proposal would once again allow pigeon racing in Chicago," 28 June 2018 Things had moved on from the days of homing pigeons (for which, of course, there had been specially developed chronographs). Nick Foulkes, A-LIST, "The Story of Slicing and Dicing Time," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of homing pigeon

1886, in the meaning defined above

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hominal

homing instinct

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hominin

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homing pigeon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of homing pigeon

: a pigeon that is trained to return home from a great distance

homing pigeon

noun
hom·​ing pigeon | \ˈhō-miŋ-\

Kids Definition of homing pigeon

: a racing pigeon trained to return home

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