homing pigeon

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hom·ing pigeon

(hō′mĭng)
n.
A pigeon trained to return to its home roost.

homing pigeon

n
(Animals) any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racing. Also called: homer

hom′ing pi`geon


n.
a pigeon trained to carry messages and return home.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homing pigeon - pigeon trained to return homehoming pigeon - pigeon trained to return home  
domestic pigeon - domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
carrier pigeon - a homing pigeon used to carry messages
Translations
postagalamb
pombo correio

homing pigeon

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homing pigeon

npiccione m viaggiatore
References in classic literature ?
Straight as homing pigeons, the two made their way toward the ruin and desolation that had once been the center of their happy lives, and which was soon to be restored by the willing black hands of laughing laborers, made happy again by the return of the master and mistress whom they had mourned as dead.
Free, like a homing pigeon, he headed blindly and directly for the beach and the salt sea over which had floated the Arangi, on her deck Skipper in command.
The man could not explain how, like a homing pigeon, he had found his way to his own old mess again.
He also said that homing pigeons "are rare in Madinah because no competitions are organized here.
Anne Craig from the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland said: "It might be easy to label it 'Dad's Army with pigeons' but the British Army used about 250,000 homing pigeons during World War Two.
The fourth round of the Hudud al Tahaddi challenge, in which falcons seek to obstruct the flight of homing pigeons especially trained to fly away, were deferred out of consideration for both spectators and contestants.
When he moved to Worcester in 2005, he said that it was hard to find homing pigeons.
The researchers loaded homing pigeons with GPS data loggers and released the birds from an unfamiliar place 19 to 30 kilometers away from home.
Homing pigeons are bred to find their way home from long distances away and have been used for thousands of years to carry messages.
Experiments over the past 40 years have shown that homing pigeons get disoriented when their sense of smell is impaired or when they don't have access to natural winds at their home site.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Homing pigeons, like other birds, are extraordinary navigators, but how they manage to find their way back to their lofts is still debated.