from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wing of a pigeon, or a wing like it.
  • n. An old mode of dressing men's side hair in a form likened to a pigeon's wings; also, a wig similarly shaped.
  • n. A fancy step executed by jumping and striking the legs together.
  • n. A certain fancy figure in skating.
  • n. A color, brown shaded with purple, coming between dark brown and light blue in the table of colors in drawing the temper of hardened steel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mode of dressing the side hair adopted by men especially in the latter part of the eighteenth century; also, a wig so called.
  • n. A brisk fancy step or caper in dancing, skating, etc.: as, to cut a pigeonwing.


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  • Then catching her ragged skirts in either hand, she bowed low to her image, and, after cutting a formal and elaborate pigeonwing, settled down to a shuffle that shook the floor.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • Then his opponent talked and sang; and as this produced no noticeable effect, he danced, and stooping, began "to cut the pigeonwing" directly under the rifle-barrel.

    Sergeant York And His People


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