squab

A squab is a young domestic pigeon, the domesticated version of the wild rock pigeon. Most people use the word squab when they're talking about this bird as food.

If you order squab in a restaurant, you'll be served what looks like a small roasted chicken. The word squab was once used for the meat of any dove or pigeon—including the now-extinct passenger pigeon. In the 17th century, it simply meant "very young bird," but earlier it was used to mean "unformed, lumpish person" or "lumpish mass." The origins of squab are uncertain, but it's probably related to the Swedish skvabb, meaning "loose, fat flesh."

Definitions of squab
  1. noun
    an unfledged pigeon
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    type of:
    pigeon
    wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
  2. noun
    flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
    synonyms: dove
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    type of:
    poultry
    flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
  3. noun
    a soft padded sofa
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    type of:
    couch, lounge, sofa
    an upholstered seat for more than one person
  4. adjective
    short and fat
    synonyms: squabby
    little, short
    low in stature; not tall
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