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NOUN (1)

1. a homing pigeon used to carry messages;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Homing \Hom"ing\ (h[=o]m"[i^]ng), p. a. Home-returning; -- used specifically of carrier pigeons. [1913 Webster] Homing pigeon, any pigeon trained to return home from a distance. Also called carrier pigeon. Most are bred from the domestic pigeon Columba livia. Homing pigeons are used for sending back messages or for flying races. By carrying the birds away and releasing them at gradually increasing distances from home, they may be trained to return with more or less certainty and promptness from distances up to four or five hundred miles. The birds typically do not stop on their way home, and may average as much as 60 miles per hour on their return trip. If the distance is increased much beyond 400 miles, the birds are unable to cover it without stopping for a prolonged rest, and their return becomes doubtful. The record for returnig from a distance is close to 1,200 miles. Homing pigeons are not bred for fancy points or special colors, but for strength, speed, endurance, and intelligence or homing instinct. Although used since ancient times, homing pigeons have been largely displaced for practical purposes by radio and electronic communications, but they are still used in some special situations at the end of the 20th century. They were used in military operations as recently as in World War II. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] hominian
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Carrier \Car"ri*er\, n. [From Carry.] 1. One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger. [1913 Webster] The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is employed, or makes it his business, to carry goods for others for hire; a porter; a teamster. [1913 Webster] The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mach.) That which drives or carries; as: (a) A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the face plate; a lathe dog. (b) A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine. (c) A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers the cartridge to a position from which it can be thrust into the barrel. [1913 Webster] Carrier pigeon (Zool.), a variety of the domestic pigeon used to convey letters from a distant point to to its home. Carrier shell (Zool.), a univalve shell of the genus Phorus; -- so called because it fastens bits of stones and broken shells to its own shell, to such an extent as almost to conceal it. Common carrier (Law.) See under Common, a. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

carrier pigeon n 1: a homing pigeon used to carry messages
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

53 Moby Thesaurus words for "carrier pigeon": Aquarius, Ganymede, Hebe, bearer, bheesty, busboy, caddie, cargo handler, carrier, carter, common carrier, conveyer, coolie, cupbearer, drayman, express, expressman, freighter, gun bearer, hauler, homer, homing pigeon, letter carrier, litter-bearer, mail car, mail coach, mail packet, mail train, mail truck, mailer, mailplane, packet boat, pigeon post, porter, post boat, post car, post coach, post-horse, post-office car, poster, railway mail car, redcap, shield-bearer, skycap, stevedore, stretcher-bearer, the Water Bearer, transporter, truck driver, trucker, wagoner, water boy, water carrier