Pigeon



[pij-uh n] /ˈpɪdʒ ən/

noun
1.
any bird of the family Columbidae, having a compact body and short legs, especially the larger species with square or rounded tails.
Compare 1 (def 1).
2.
a domesticated member of this family, as one of the varieties of the rock dove.
3.
Slang.

4.
Poker Slang. a card, acquired in the draw, that greatly improves a hand or makes it a winner.
[pij-uh n] /ˈpɪdʒ ən/
noun
1.
(not in technical use) pidgin; pidgin English.
/ˈpɪdʒɪn/
noun
1.
any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes See rock dove
2.
(slang) a victim or dupe
/ˈpɪdʒɪn/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it’s his, her, etc, pigeon)
n.

late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), from Old French pigeon “young dove” (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pibionem, dissimilation from Late Latin pipionem (nominative pipio) “squab, young chirping bird” (3c.), from pipire “to peep, chirp,” of imitative origin. Meaning “one easily duped” is from 1590s. Replaced culver (Old English culufre, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula) and native dove.

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Related Terms

clay pigeon, dead duck

[for first sense see stool pigeon; the second sense probably derives fr the expression pluck a pigeon and may be based on a notion that pigeons are easy to catch; the sense ”young woman” is probably fr or related to quail and again suggests an easy victim]

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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