\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \
plural squabs

Definition of squab

1a : couch
b : a cushion for a chair or couch
2 or plural squab : a fledgling bird specifically : a fledgling pigeon about four weeks old
3 : a short fat person

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Other Words from squab

squab adjective

Examples of squab in a Sentence

at one point Robinson Crusoe tells of making a rough-hewn squab with the skins of animals he had killed
Recent Examples on the Web The chefs are tasked with creating a dish featuring either quail, duck, squab, turkey, or chukar (a type of partridge). Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 For the first elimination challenge, the chefs needed to prepare a dish featuring one of five birds: quail, squab, duck, turkey or chukar. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 Glasse’s elaborate recipe—not included here—involved boning various birds (turkey, goose, chicken, partridge, squab) and stuffing one inside the other before encasing the lot in a sturdy piecrust. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2020 PigeonBot has a wrist and finger, too, decked out with 40 feathers—20 per wing—gathered from domestic pigeons called squab, reports Rob Verger for Popular Science. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 Also on the menu are Bruleed Banana Dunkel Weizenbock (paired with Berkshire pork belly) and Moody Tongue’s polarizing Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner — introduced in 2014 at $120 for a 22-ounce bottle — which is paired with squab. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2019 Dove or pigeon is more commonly called squab in the culinary world. ExpressNews.com, 11 Sep. 2019 In the entree round, the judges are eager to find out if the chefs can wing it with squab, a young domestic pigeon, and the dessert round puzzle includes a wild pizza pie and purple tuber yam. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2020 Then on to the kitchen where Malabar made theater of the preparation of the sack of headless squabs Ben had brought. Marion Winik, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of squab

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squab

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabb loose, fat flesh

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2 May 2021

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“Squab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squab. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \

Kids Definition of squab

: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food

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