pigeon

The birds you're most likely to see while strolling around a city are pigeons. In the wild, they typically eat grains and seeds, but in New York City, you might see them eating discarded popcorn, French fries — just about anything dropped by careless pedestrians.

Pigeons have round bodies, short necks, and small beaks. These common birds are related to doves. Their feathers are mostly gray, but if you look closely at a pigeon you'll notice shades of green, blue, and white. The distinction between pigeons and doves is vague — often, the word dove simply means an all-white pigeon, though sometimes it refers to a smaller variety of bird. Pigeon is French, from a Latin root, pipio, "young, chirping bird."

Definitions of pigeon
  1. noun
    wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
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    pouter, pouter pigeon
    one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed out
    dove
    any of numerous small pigeons
    Columba livia, rock dove, rock pigeon
    pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
    Columba fasciata, band-tail pigeon, band-tailed pigeon, bandtail
    wild pigeon of western North America; often mistaken for the now extinct passenger pigeon
    Columba palumbus, cushat, ringdove, wood pigeon
    Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
    domestic pigeon
    domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
    squab
    an unfledged pigeon
    Ectopistes migratorius, passenger pigeon
    gregarious North American migratory pigeon now extinct
    turtledove
    any of several Old World wild doves
    Australian turtledove, Stictopelia cuneata, turtledove
    small Australian dove
    Zenaidura macroura, mourning dove
    wild dove of the United States having a mournful call
    fairy swallow
    fancy domestic pigeon having blue-and-white plumage and heavily muffed feet
    roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon
    pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
    homer, homing pigeon
    pigeon trained to return home
    type of:
    columbiform bird
    a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes
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