carrier pigeon, homer, messenger pigeon, racer, racing homer, racing pigeon
homing pigeon (plural homing pigeons) A variety of domesticated rock pigeon (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XV: “Oh, Wooster,” he said, “I was talking to my mother a night or two ago. She tells me you are interested in mice. She says she found you trying to catch one in my bedroom! She says you seemed to be making a very thorough search of my room. I wonder if by any chance you happened to find an eighteenth-century cow-creamer? It's gone.” “No, I'd just wait a while, if I were you. I expect it'll turn out that the thing's somewhere you put it but didn't think you'd put it. I mean, you often put a thing somewhere and think you've put it somewhere else and then find you didn't put it somewhere else but somewhere. I don't know if you follow me?” “I don't.” “What I mean is, just stick around and you'll probably find the thing.” “You think it will return?” “I do.” “Like a homing pigeon?” “That's the idea.”
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