Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The breast of a pigeon.
  • n. A deformity occurring in persons affected with rickets, in which the costal cartilages are bent inward, and the sternum or breast-bone is thrown forward.

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Examples

  • Ambition, the vice of great souls, burned within Spofford's pigeon-breast.

    Average Jones

  • The circumference of the trunk at the nipples was 62 inches, and over the most prominent portion of the kyphosis and pigeon-breast, 74 inches.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Under these circumstances the humerus and femur appear to be the bones most likely to break; there is an associate deformity of the head, known as ` ` craniotabes, '' together with pigeon-breast and various spinal curvature.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Under these circumstances the humerus and femur appear to be the bones most likely to break; there is an associate deformity of the head, known as "craniotabes," together with pigeon-breast and various spinal curvature.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • He was not an inch taller than the woman, had broad, square shoulders, pigeon-breast, and invisible neck.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

  • -- Now, as you know, I live in a sort of live coffin here, "continued the little man, striking his pigeon-breast," with a barrel-organ of discords in it, constantly out of order in one way or another; and hence it comes that my sleep is so imperfect, and my dreams run more than is usual, as I believe, on in the direction of my last waking thoughts.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate V2

  • From his long arms and legs, his "pigeon-breast" chest, and even stretch marks, Daniel has many of the classic signs.

    The Herald-Mail Online

  • a weazen face, and the remains of a pigeon-breast in his military surtout.

    The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete

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