from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house for pigeons; a pigeonry; a dove-cote.


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  • A joker, on discovering that the birds had flown, wrote up "To Let" in big letters on the wall of the pigeon-house.

    The South Pole~ On the Way to the South

  • Now, in some way or other the second in command found out that the circulation of air in the pigeon-house was faulty; to remedy this defect, he one day set the door a little ajar.

    The South Pole~ On the Way to the South

  • Above each roof, the high pole of a pigeon-house; over each entry a little short-maned horse of wrought iron.

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • The pigeon-house was twice unroofed and the paling blown down.

    The Mysterious Island

  • The pigeon-house was replenished; the fountain played with its usual activity, and not only the bear who predominated over its basin, but all the other bears whatsoever, were replaced on their several stations, and renewed or repaired with so much care that they bore no tokens of the violence which had so lately descended upon them.


  • By this time indeed, things were mended in appearance — The out-houses had risen out of their ruins; the pigeon-house was rebuilt, and replenished by Wilson, who also put my garden in decent order, and provided a good stock of poultry, which made an agreeable figure in my yard; and the house, on the whole, looked like the habitation of human creatures. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • It is a very plain brick building, with something like a pigeon-house for a belfry.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • It was a long low building of one room, with no upper story; on the top was a kind of wooden box, or sconce, which I at first mistook for a pigeon-house, but which in reality contained a bell, to which was attached a rope, which, passing through the ceiling, hung dangling in the middle of the school-room.


  • Leith, and I have seen the place — a pretty kind of a hamlet it is, with a plain wall, or rampart, and a pigeon-house or so of a tower at every angle.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Had there been a short circuit, or was the thatch of the pigeon-house on fire?

    Swan Song


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