homing pigeon


: a racing pigeon trained to return home

Examples of homing pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many people received letters in the mail, but the messages also arrived via email, text, TV screen, homing pigeon, and, in one case, skywriting. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 6 June 2023 The report cited a production insider who said a homing pigeon was allegedly killed by a dolly during a take, and because Bay was the director, he was held responsible. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 14 Jan. 2023 Allegedly, a homing pigeon was killed by a dolly while the Netflix production was filming in Rome. Vulture, 13 Jan. 2023 Italian authorities have alleged a homing pigeon was killed during the 2018 production of the director's film 6 Underground in Rome. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 13 Jan. 2023 According to the outlet, Bay has attempted to clear the case with Italian authorities but has failed after the European country accused him of killing a homing pigeon while on set for the Netflix film. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2023 Our Sense of Smell Is a GPS-like Superpower Not unlike a dog or a homing pigeon, humans have a nose for navigation. Cari Shane, Discover Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022 Last week, Todd and Bob reunited at Skyline Veterinary Hospital, where the homing pigeon was being treated for mites. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 Bob, a homing pigeon, went missing during a race in the Channel Islands in mid-June. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homing pigeon was in 1886

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“Homing pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homing%20pigeon. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

homing pigeon

: a racing pigeon trained to return home
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