rock pigeon


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rock pigeon

n.
A bird (Columba livia) native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia but widely distributed elsewhere, having variously colored plumage with iridescent markings on the neck. It is the common pigeon seen in cities and is frequently domesticated. Also called rock dove.

rock pigeon

n
(Animals) another name for rock dove

rock′ dove`


n.
a Eurasian pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed: feral populations now established throughout the world.
Also called rock pigeon.
[1645–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rock pigeon - pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descendedrock pigeon - pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
pigeon - wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
genus Columba, Columba - type genus of the Columbidae: typical pigeons
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Washington, Feb 1 ( ANI ): Scientists have decoded the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon, revealing secrets about pigeons' Middle East origins, feral pigeons' kinship with escaped racing birds and how mutations give pigeons traits like feather head crests.
This was done by mapping the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon, one of the most common types of bird, from which Darwin said all pigeons were descended.
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