passenger pigeon

noun

Definition of passenger pigeon

: an extinct but formerly abundant North American migratory pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)

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Recent Examples on the Web There would have been a goose or two, some ducks and, believe it or not, even the now-extinct passenger pigeon. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why you wouldn't find any pumpkin pie, potatoes or cranberries at the first Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2020 Could hunting alone have brought down the passenger pigeon? David Biello, Scientific American, "3 Billion to Zero: What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?," 27 June 2014 The three males' toe pads yielded long stretches of the passenger pigeon genome (although the female toe pad proved a bust). David Biello, Scientific American, "3 Billion to Zero: What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?," 27 June 2014 Cher Ami is a passenger pigeon assigned to the American 77th Division, about 600 men commanded by Maj. Brigitte Frase Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey,' by Kathleen Rooney," 7 Aug. 2020 In fact, one of the last living wild passenger pigeons was found roosting with mourning doves. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Recipes to Recreate the First Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019 Photo: Brian Wengrofsky The first step was to sequence the passenger pigeon genome. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 By 1900, wild turkeys were gone and in 1914, the last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Granger Township celebrates the 1820s in 2020," 17 Feb. 2020 Due to heavy market hunting and habitat loss, the passenger pigeon is now extinct. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Recipes to Recreate the First Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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“Passenger pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passenger%20pigeon. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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passenger pigeon

noun

Kids Definition of passenger pigeon

: a North American wild pigeon once common but now extinct

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