wood pigeon

noun

Definition of wood pigeon

: a large chiefly European pigeon (Columba palumbus) with a whitish patch on each side of the neck and wings edged with white

called also ringdove

Examples of wood pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coast is six miles to the north, as the Asturian wood pigeon flies. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Instead there will be outdoor baths in tubs hewn out of rock in view of distant rice terraces shimmering neat and domestic as putting greens, giving on to wild forests full of parrots and wood pigeons fat as ducks calling from banyan trees. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "At Bali's COMO Shambhala, Skip the Wellness Fads in Favor of a True Reboot," 16 Nov. 2019 Saint Lucia Despite its name, Pigeon Island is connected to the mainland and there's nary a pigeon in sight although a variety called the common wood pigeon once lived there, hence the island's name. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wood pigeon

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20pigeon. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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