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  • n. Plural form of squab.


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  • Several chicks, known as squabs, have hatched already.


  • When young, and still fed by their parents, they are most preferable for the table, and are called squabs; under six months they are denominated squeakers, and at six months they begin to breed.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Nestlings, while fed by cock and hen, are termed squabs, and are, at that age, sold and used for the table.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The young doves, called squabs, are covered with down like chickens, but, unlike chickens, the old ones must feed them a week or two before they are able to go about by themselves.

    Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks

  • The final disaster was the spoliation of their nest by a boy, who removed all four of the children, or "squabs" as he called them.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • A pair of penguin "squabs" makes an ample dinner for the entire party, nor is it without the accompaniment of vegetables; these being supplied by the tussac-grass, the stalks of which contain a white edible substance, in taste somewhat resembling a hazel-nut, while the young shoots boiled are almost equal to asparagus.

    The Land of Fire A Tale of Adventure

  • They are fond of live "squabs," which they drag out of their nests at pleasure.

    The Hunters' Feast Conversations Around the Camp Fire

  • "squabs" the castaways had for their prandial repast.

    The Castaways

  • "All right," responded Black-Tie, with unimpaired cheerfulness; "suppose we say 'squabs' when we talk about the 'proposal' and 'larks' when we discuss the 'proposition.'


  • A crock of well-spiced brisket of beef, otherwise known as chili, and squabs he reared in a homemade coop, served as his principal diet.

    Eddie's Story


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