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Meaning of PIGEON

Pronunciation:  'pijun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs

PIGEON is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: bandtail, band-tail pigeon, band-tailed pigeon, Columba fasciata, Columba livia, Columba palumbus, Columbidae, columbiform bird, cushat, domestic pigeon, dove, Ectopistes migratorius, family Columbidae, passenger pigeon, pouter, pouter pigeon, ringdove, rock dove, rock pigeon, squab, wood pigeon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pi"geon\, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
    chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. {Peep} to
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which
       numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
    Note: The common domestic pigeon, or dove, was derived from
          the Old World rock pigeon ({Columba livia}). It has
          given rise to numerous very remarkable varieties, such
          as the carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The
          common wild pigeons of the Eastern United States are
          the passenger pigeon, and the Carolina dove. See under
          {Passenger}, and {Dove}. See, also, {Fruit pigeon},
          {Ground pigeon}, {Queen pigeon}, {Stock pigeon}, under
          {Fruit}, {Ground}, etc.
    2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
    {Blue pigeon} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird
       ({Graucalus melanops}); -- called also {black-faced crow}.
    {Green pigeon} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Old
       World pigeons belonging to the family {Treronid[ae]}.
    {Imperial pigeon} (Zo["o]l.), any one of the large Asiatic
       fruit pigeons of the genus {Carpophada}.
    {Pigeon berry} (Bot.), the purplish black fruit of the
       pokeweed; also, the plant itself. See {Pokeweed}.
    {Pigeon English} [perhaps a corruption of business English],
       an extraordinary and grotesque dialect, employed in the
       commercial cities of China, as the medium of communication
       between foreign merchants and the Chinese. Its base is
       English, with a mixture of Portuguese and Hindoostanee.
       --Johnson's Cyc.
    {Pigeon grass} (Bot.), a kind of foxtail grass ({Setaria
       glauca}), of some value as fodder. The seeds are eagerly
       eaten by pigeons and other birds.
    {Pigeon hawk}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A small American falcon ({Falco columbarius}). The
           adult male is dark slate-blue above, streaked with
           black on the back; beneath, whitish or buff, streaked
           with brown. The tail is banded.
       (b) The American sharp-shinned hawk ({Accipiter velox, or
    {Pigeon hole}.
       (a) A hole for pigeons to enter a pigeon house.
       (b) See {Pigeonhole}.
       (c) pl. An old English game, in which balls were rolled
           through little arches. --Halliwell.
    {Pigeon house}, a dovecote.
    {Pigeon pea} (Bot.), the seed of {Cajanus Indicus}; a kind of
       pulse used for food in the East and West Indies; also, the
       plant itself.
    {Pigeon plum} (Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
       species of {Chrysobalanus} ({C. ellipticus} and {C.
    {Pigeon tremex}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Tremex}.
    {Pigeon wood} (Bot.), a name in the West Indies for the wood
       of several very different kinds of trees, species of
       {Dipholis}, {Diospyros}, and {Coccoloba}.
    {Pigeon woodpecker} (Zo["o]l.), the flicker.
    {Prairie pigeon}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The upland plover.
       (b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]
  2. \Pi"geon\, v. t.
    To pluck; to fleece; to swindle by tricks in gambling.
    [Slang] --Smart.
          He's pigeoned and undone.                --Observer.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a pigeon in your dream, suggests that you are taking the blame for the actions of others. Pigeons also represent gossip or news. You may be expressing a desire to return home.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Pigeons are mentioned as among the offerings which, by divine appointment, Abram presented unto the Lord (Gen. 15:9). They were afterwards enumerated among the sin-offerings (Lev. 1:14; 12:6), and the law provided that those who could not offer a lamb might offer two young pigeons (5:7; comp. Luke 2:24). (See DOVE.)

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