Meaning of “carrier pigeon” in the English Dictionary

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"carrier pigeon" in British English

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carrier pigeonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkær.i.ə ˌpɪdʒ.ən/ us /ˈker.i.ɚ ˌpɪdʒ.ən/

Examples from literature

  • Carrier pigeons were used to convey the intelligence. 
  • France.—The history of the aerial postal service and of the carrier pigeons of the siege of Paris has been thoroughly written, and is so well known that it is useless to recapitulate it in this place. 
  • The photograph shows how the message is fixed to the carrier pigeon's leg, in the form of light rings. 
  • We have received news through a carrier pigeon that one of the postal balloons has reached Tours. 
  • With great pride Mr. P. showed me a basket of carrier pigeons, by which he assured me I could now communicate swiftly and safely with the garrison. 

(Definition of “carrier pigeon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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