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- adj. Having a breast like a pigeon's, the sternum being so prominent as to constitute a deformity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a breast like a pigeon, -- the sternum being so prominent as to constitute a deformity; chicken-breasted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affected with pigeon-breast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a chest deformity marked by a projecting breastbone caused by infantile rickets
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Four pigeon-breasted retainers in plain clothes stand in line in the hall.
The colour had changed, and the broad-chested, square-framed, pot-bellied, and portly old bully-boy of the woods had become a wretched pigeon-breasted, lean — flanked, shrunk-linibed, hungry-looking beggar.
But selection has not tended to make the duck elegant, or "pigeon-breasted"; it has enlarged the abdominal sack instead, besides allowing the addition of an extra rib in various cases.
In Kleber's square I saw the conqueror of Heliopolis, excessively pigeon-breasted, dangling his sabre over a cowering little figure of Egypt, and looking around in amazement at the neighboring windows: in fact, Kleber began his career as an architect, and there were solecisms in the surrounding structure to have turned a better balanced head than his.
"Farmin 'is kind of poor business for a woman; but I do hope, Mirandy, you ain't a-goin' to marry that poor, pigeon-breasted, peddlin 'cretur that's hangin' round here."
All the gentlemen were very pigeon-breasted and very blue about the beards, and all the ladies were miraculous figures; and all the ladies and all the gentlemen were looking intensely nowhere, and staring with extraordinary earnestness at nothing.
"I reckon I wouldn't git pigeon-breasted with pride over it -- nossir!"
Like tailors 'dummies they were headless; and like tailors' dummies they had a handsome unnecessary humpiness in the shoulders, and a pigeon-breasted protuberance of chest; but barring this, they were not much more like a human figure than any automatic machine at a station that is about the human height.
Ernest Gregory he was called, and few thought he'd make old bones, for the young man was pigeon-breasted and high-coloured and coughed
The Irishman, perhaps, was thinking of the little city clerks he knew at home, pigeon-breasted, pale-faced, under-sized.