1. wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
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6 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pigeon \Pi"geon\, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep to
1. (Zool.) 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 or rock dove (Columba
livia), common in cities. It has given rise to
numerous very remarkable varieties, such as the
carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The common
wild pigeon of the Eastern United States is the
Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura, called also
Carolina dove). Before the 19th century, the most
common pigeon was the passenger pigeon, but that
species is now extinct. See Passenger pigeon, and
Carolina dove under Dove. See, also, Fruit
pigeon, Ground pigeon, Queen pigeon, Stock
pigeon, under Fruit, Ground, etc.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
Blue pigeon (Zool.), an Australian passerine bird
(Graucalus melanops); -- called also black-faced crow.
Green pigeon (Zool.), any one of numerous species of Old
World pigeons belonging to the family Treronid[ae].
Imperial pigeon (Zool.), 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 Hindustani.
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. (Zool.)
(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
(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
Pigeon plum (Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
species of Chrysobalanus (Chrysobalanus ellipticus and
Pigeon tremex. (Zool.) 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 (Zool.), the flicker.
Prairie pigeon. (Zool.)
(a) The upland plover.
(b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pigeon \Pi"geon\, v. t.
To pluck; to fleece; to swindle by tricks in gambling.
He's pigeoned and undone. --Observer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
193 Moby Thesaurus words for "pigeon":
Cornish hen, avifauna, babe, baby bird, bamboozle, beat, beguile,
beguile of, betray, bilk, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno,
bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey,
birdie, birdlife, birdy, bluff, boob, broiler, bunco, burn,
cage bird, caille, cajole, canard, caneton, capon, chapon, cheat,
cheat on, chick, chicken, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, chump,
cinch, circumvent, cog, cog the dice, con, conjure, cozen,
credulous person, crib, cull, cygnet, deceive, defraud, delude,
diddle, dindon, diving bird, do in, do out of, double-cross, dove,
duck, duckling, dupe, eagle, eaglet, easy mark, easy pickings,
euchre, faisan, fall guy, finagle, fish, fish-eating bird, flam,
fledgling, fleece, flightless bird, flimflam, fob, fool, forestall,
fowl, fruit-eating bird, fryer, fudge, fulmar, game bird, gammon,
get around, gobe-mouches, goose, gouge, greener, greenhorn, greeny,
grouse, gudgeon, guff, guinea hen, gull, gyp, have, hoax, hocus,
hocus-pocus, hornswaggle, humbug, innocent, insect-eating bird,
juggle, leadpipe cinch, let down, mark, migrant, migratory bird,
mock, monkey, mulct, nestling, oie, oscine bird, outmaneuver,
outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach, owl, pack the deal,
partridge, passerine bird, patsy, peacock, peafowl, peahen,
perching bird, pheasant, pigeonneau, play one false, plaything,
poulet, practice fraud upon, prize sap, pushover,
put something over, quail, ratite, roaster, rook, sap, saphead,
scam, schlemiel, screw, sea bird, seed-eating bird,
sell gold bricks, shave, shore bird, shortchange, sitting duck,
snow, songbird, squab, stack the cards, stewing chicken, stick,
sting, stooge, storm petrel, stormy petrel, string along, sucker,
swan, swindle, take a dive, take in, thimblerig, throw a fight,
toy, trick, trusting soul, turkey, two-time, victim, victimize,
volaille, wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl, wild duck,
Easton's 1897 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.)
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Pigeon, MI -- U.S. village in Michigan
Population (2000): 1207
Housing Units (2000): 518
Land area (2000): 0.824359 sq. miles (2.135079 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.824359 sq. miles (2.135079 sq. km)
FIPS code: 64060
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 43.829786 N, 83.271838 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 48755
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.