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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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