Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name of the very numerous old-world pigeons of the genera Carpophaga and Treron. Green is the prevailing color of these birds, and fruit their principal food, whence the name.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) one of numerous species of pigeons of the family
Carpophagidæ, inhabiting India, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They feed largely upon fruit. and are noted for their beautiful colors.
“But the fright soon passes, and the magnificent fruit pigeon — green, golden-yellow, purplish-maroon, rich orange, bluish-grey, and greenish-yellow, are his predominant colours — resumes his love-plaint in bubbling bass.”
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