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passenger pigeon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extinct migratory bird (Ectopistes migratorius) abundant in eastern North America until the latter part of the 19th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an extinct bird of the species Ectopistes migratorius

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A once common wild pigeon of North America (Ectopistes migratorius), now extinct. It was so called on account of its extensive migrations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common wild pigeon of the United States, Ectopistes migratorius: so called from its very extensive wanderings in search of food. See Ectopistes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. gregarious North American migratory pigeon now extinct


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