American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various birds of the widely distributed family Columbidae, characteristically having plump bodies, small heads, and short legs, especially the rock dove or any of its domesticated varieties.
- n. Slang One who is easily swindled; a dupe.
- n. An object of special concern; an affair or matter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bird of the family Columbidæ (which see for technical characters); a dove. ; . The species are several hundred in number, and are found in nearly all parts of the world. Many kinds are distinguished by qualifying terms, as fruit-pigeon, ground-pigeon, passenger-pigeon, nutmeg-pigeon, rock-pigeon, and any of them may be called
dove, as stock-dove, rock-dove, ring-dove, turtle-dove, wood-dove. (See the compound names, and dove.) Few species are commonly seen in confinement, except in very extensive aviaries, one of the commonest being the ring-dove; but the rock-pigeon or rock-dove, Columba livia, is everywhere thoroughly domesticated, and perhaps all the artificial varieties have been produced by careful breeding from this one. Fancy pigeons have naturally received many fanciful names of their breeds, strains, and endless color-variations. Some of these names are
- n. A simpleton to be swindled; a gull: opposed to rook. See stool-pigeon.
- n. A toy consisting of a light propeller-wheel, which, on being made to revolve rapidly by means of a string wound about a shaft on which it rests, rises in the air in a short flight.
- To pluck; fleece; strip of money by the tricks of gambling.
- n. One of several birds of the family Columbidae, which consists of more than 300 species.
- n. slang A person who is a target or victim of a confidence game.
- v. transitive to deceive with a confidence game
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any bird of the order Columbæ, of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
- n. Slang An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull.
- v. Slang To pluck; to fleece; to swindle by tricks in gambling.
- n. wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
- Old French pyjon, from Late Latin pipionem ("chirping bird"), accusative singular of Latin pipio ("chirping bird"), from pipiō ("to chirp"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French pijon, probably from Vulgar Latin *pībiō, pībiōn-, alteration of Late Latin pīpiō, young chirping bird, squab, from pīpīre, to chirp.Alteration of pidgin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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