American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large pigeon (Columba palumbus) of Europe and Asia, having a white band on each wing. Also called ringdove.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wood-culver, wood-quest, cushat, or ring-dove, Columba palumbus; also, sometimes, the stockdove, C. ænas.
- n. In the western United States, the band-tailed pigeon, Columba fasciata. This is one of the few American pigeons congeneric with an Old World type (that figured under white-crowned being another). It is a large stout species (16 inches long and about 27 in extent), the adult male having the head, neck, and under parts vinaceous, fading to white on the crissum, the sides of the neck iridescent, a sharp white half-collar on the back of the neck (whence also called
white-collared pigeon), the tail marked with a light terminal and dark subterminal bar (whence band-tailed pigeon), the bill yellow tipped with black, the feet yellow with black claws, and a red ring round the eye. It is of common but irregular distribution, chiefly in woodland, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, feeds mainly on mast, nests in trees and bushes, and lays (as usual in this family) two white eggs.
- n. alternative spelling of woodpigeon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The ringdove.
- n. Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
“She’d stood at Elsie Gruning’s table, trying to ignore the anguish that thrummed in every part of her, and over the way, beneath the roof where the butchers plied their trade, a big, red-faced man had held a wood pigeon by the feet, the bird madly fluttering its wings in a hopeless quest for freedom, then lowered it to his chopping block and brought his cleaver down on the bird’s neck.”
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