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  • a homing pigeon, named after the Turkish seaport city of Iskanderun

    October 26, 2007

  • ...which appears in the Indiana Jones trilogy, doesn't it? (The town, not necessarily the bird.)

    I had no idea this word existed.

    October 26, 2007

  • Ah, yes.. Iskanderun was mentioned in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade!

    December 14, 2007

  • (noun) - A variety of carrier pigeon, presumably from Scanderoon, the name of a seaport in Syria. Perhaps so called from the fact that "formerly the pigeon was employed by the English factory at Scanderoon to carry intelligence of the arrival of their ships in that port to Aleppo" according to the Encyclopedia Metropolitana, 1845. --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1914

    January 27, 2018