from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young, newly hatched, or unfledged pigeon.
- n. A soft, thick cushion, as for a couch.
- n. A couch.
- adj. Young and undeveloped; newly hatched or unfledged: a squab chick.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A baby pigeon or dove.
- n. The meat of a squab (i.e. a young (domestic) pigeon or dove) used as food.
- n. A baby rook.
- n. A thick cushion, especially a flat one covering the seat of a chair or sofa.
- v. To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fat; thick; plump; bulky.
- adj. Unfledged; unfeathered.
- adv. With a heavy fall; plump.
- n. A nestling of a pigeon or other similar bird, esp. when very fat and not fully fledged.
- n. A person of a short, fat figure.
- n. A thickly stuffed cushion; especially, one used for the seat of a sofa, couch, or chair; also, a sofa.
- intransitive v. To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fall plump; strike heavily; flap; flop. They watched the street, and beheld ladies in … short cloaks with hoods squabbing behind (known as cardinals).
- To squeeze; knoek; beat.
- So as to strike with a crash; with a heavy fall; plump.
- Fat; short and stout; plump; bulky.
- Short; curt; abrupt.
- Unfledged, newly hatched, or not yet-having attained the full growth, as a dove or a pigeon.
- Hence Shy, as from extreme youth; coy.
- n. A young animal in its earliest period; a young beast or bird before the hair or feathers appear.
- n. A short, fat, flabby person: also used figuratively.
- n. A thickly stuffed cushion, especially one for a piece of furniture, as an upholstered chair or sofa, to which it may or may not be attached.
- n. A sofa in which there is no part of the frame visible, and which is stuffed and caught through with strong thread at regular intervals, but so as to be very soft.
- n. An ottoman.
- To stuff thickly and catch through with thread at regular intervals, as a cushion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft padded sofa
- n. flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
- adj. short and fat
- n. an unfledged pigeon
I do not eat oysters, egg plant, or squab, which is pigeon.
“I must admit, the food was very good, it was called squab, and Ben got very drunk and spilled a drink on me —”
Constable MacDonald said the pigeons, called squab when sold as food, were valued between $3 and $10 each.
I've never been to England but I'm told a delicacy there is squab which is a very young pidgeon.
Seeking out the boy he persuaded him to give up the one "squab" whose wings had not yet been clipped, and this the ornithologist carried to the clump and deposited in the ruined nest.
But I had forgotten -- there was also a chair with a "squab" that apologized inadequately for the defects of its cane seat.
About 8pm the dinner bell rang, a summons to come and partake of a delicious repast of squab and all the trimmings.
At his restaurant, Craigie on Main, he approaches all his ingredients—cabbage and carrots, squab and sweetbreads—with equal care.
A sturgeon and sauerkraut tart, for example, is less than 2 inches around and has a frothy caviar cream; the squab and foie gras croustillant looks a little like a slice of a spring roll.
The same with the pigeon - it's still a pigeon, but it's viewed differently when perceived as a squab.
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