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 common wood pigeon is gregarious, often forming very large flocks outside the breeding season. Hazlitt, 8 Nov. 2023 On this season’s menu are classics like deer or wood pigeon topped with truffle and Puccia di Langa, an ancient local recipe of polenta and veal with a Marsala sauce. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Around one corner, a wood pigeon landed, gave us a hard stare, and flew away. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 One of the best, most reliable sources for wild game is D’Artagnan Foods, which imports inspected foods including Scottish pheasant, redlegged partridge, grouse and wood pigeon. John Mariani, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The coast is six miles to the north, as the Asturian wood pigeon flies. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, 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, 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, 25 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wood pigeon was in 1714

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“Wood pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20pigeon. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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