pigeon breast


: a deformity of the chest marked by sharp projection of the sternum

Examples of pigeon breast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than wrapping pigeon breast in grape leaves and baking it en cocotte, a dish French nobility might have experienced, Mar’s pigeon is encased in cherry blossom leaves, buried in ash and baked. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 Medium-rare pigeon breast is wrapped in spinach and mushroom farce, encased in a thin crêpe made of pigeon liver, and then bound in a buttery pastry crust. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2021 Where to eat Costes has had its Michelin star since 2010, and its signature dish—pigeon breast, served rare, with mixed beets and a sauce including Ethiopian coffee—still wins kudos. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 27 June 2018 Instagram: @thetennesseetruffle Smoked pigeon breast by chef Patrick Tramontana of Antonio’s Maitland. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pigeon breast was in 1837

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“Pigeon breast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigeon%20breast. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

pigeon breast

pi·​geon breast ˈpij-ən- How to pronounce pigeon breast (audio)
: a rachitic deformity of the chest marked by sharp projection of the sternum
pigeon-breasted adjective
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