pigeon-breasted


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pigeon breast

n.
A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets. Also called chicken breast.

pi′geon-breast′ed (-brĕs′tĭd) adj.
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Adj.1.pigeon-breasted - having a chest deformity marked by a projecting breastbone caused by infantile rickets
unshapely - not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape; "a stout unshapely woman"
References in classic literature ?
Like tailors' dummies they were headless; and like tailors' dummies they had a handsome unnecessary humpiness in the shoulders, and a pigeon-breasted protuberance of chest; but barring this, they were not much more like a human figure than any automatic machine at a station that is about the human height.
Four pigeon-breasted retainers in plain clothes stand in line in the hall.
All the gentlemen were very pigeon-breasted and very blue about the beards; and all the ladies were miraculous figures; and all the ladies and all the gentlemen were looking intensely nowhere, and staring with extraordinary earnestness at nothing.