a stout seed- or fruit-eating bird (family Columbidae) with a small head, short legs, and a cooing voice, typically having gray and white plumage.
(also domestic or feral pigeon)
a pigeon descended from the wild rock dove, kept for racing, showing, and carrying messages, and common as a feral bird in towns.
a gullible person, esp. someone swindled in gambling or the victim of a confidence game.
3. military slang
an aircraft from one's own side.
archaic spelling of pidgin.
•Aladdin • stand-in
•Borodin • Baffin • elfin
, griffin, tiffin
•dolphin • endorphin • bowfin
•ragamuffin • paraffin • perfin
•bargain • Begin • Kosygin
•imagine • margin • engine
, pigeon, smidgen, wigeon
•stool pigeon • wood pigeon • origin
•Pugin • virgin
in allusion to its harmlessness and to the fact that it is easily caught, pigeon in extended use means a person who is easily swindled, a dupe.
pigeon-hole a small compartment, open at the front and forming part of a set, where letters or messages may be left for someone, resembling a roosting recess in a loft for domestic pigeons; in figurative use, a category to which someone or something is assigned. In verbal use, to pigeon-hole may now imply assignment to a category or class in a manner that is too rigid or exclusive.
pigeon pair a boy and girl as twins, or as the only children in a family.
pigeon's blood a type of precious stone (usually a ruby or opal) of a dark red colour.
See also put the cat among the pigeons
Any of a large family of wild and domestic birds found throughout temperate and tropical parts of the world, but concentrated in s Asia
and the Australian region. Pigeons have small heads, short necks, plump bodies, and scaly legs and feet. Plumage is loose but thick. Length: to 46cm (18in). Family Columbidae; typical genus, Columba.
Game bird, Columbia livia
; young about 4 weeks old is a squab. A 150‐g portion is an extremely rich source
of iron, a rich source of protein, niacin, and vitamins B1
; contains 20 g of fat; supplies 350 kcal (1500 kJ).
†young dove; bird of the family Columbidae XIV; †young woman, girl; dupe, gull XVI. ME. peion
— OF. pijon
young bird, esp. young dove (mod. pigeon
):- Rom. *pībiō
-, for late L. pīpiō
-, f. imit. base *pīp
be someone's pigeon be a person's particular responsibility or business; pigeon
here is an archaic spelling of pidgin
representing Chinese pronunciation of English business