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Definition: Prairie pigeon
, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which
numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
Note: The common domestic pigeon, or dove, was derived from
the Old World rock pigeon or rock dove (Columba livia
), common in cities. It has given rise to
numerous very remarkable varieties, such as the
carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The common
wild pigeon of the Eastern United States is the
, called also
). Before the 19th century, the most
common pigeon was the passenger pigeon, but that
species is now extinct. See Passenger pigeon
. See, also, Fruit pigeon
, Ground pigeon
, Queen pigeon
, Stock pigeon
, under Fruit
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird
); -- called also black-faced crow
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Old
World pigeons belonging to the family Treronid[ae]
(Zo["o]l.), any one of the large Asiatic
fruit pigeons of the genus Carpophada
(Bot.), the purplish black fruit of the
pokeweed; also, the plant itself. See Pokeweed
[perhaps a corruption of business English],
an extraordinary and grotesque dialect, employed in the
commercial cities of China, as the medium of communication
between foreign merchants and the Chinese. Its base is
English, with a mixture of Portuguese and Hindustani.
(Bot.), a kind of foxtail grass (Setaria glauca
), of some value as fodder. The seeds are eagerly
eaten by pigeons and other birds.
(a) A small American falcon (Falco columbarius
adult male is dark slate-blue above, streaked with
black on the back; beneath, whitish or buff, streaked
with brown. The tail is banded.
(b) The American sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter velox
(a) A hole for pigeons to enter a pigeon house.
(b) See Pigeonhole
(c) pl. An old English game, in which balls were rolled
through little arches. --Halliwell.
, a dovecote.
(Bot.), the seed of Cajanus Indicus
; a kind of
pulse used for food in the East and West Indies; also, the
(Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
species of Chrysobalanus
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Tremex
(Bot.), a name in the West Indies for the wood
of several very different kinds of trees, species of
, and Coccoloba
(Zo["o]l.), the flicker.
(a) The upland plover.
(b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]
, n. [F., an extensive meadow, OF. praerie,
LL. prataria, fr. L. pratum a meadow.]
1. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of
trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually
characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound
throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies
and the Rocky mountains.
From the forests and the prairies,
From the great lakes of the northland. --Longfellow.
2. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called
(Zo["o]l.), any American grouse of the
, especially Tympanuchus Americanus
(formerly Tympanuchus cupido
), which inhabits the
prairies of the central United States. Applied also to the
(Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
, having small rosy or white flowers in
dense terminal heads or spikes. Several species occur in
the prairies of the United States.
(Bot.), a coarse composite plant (Silphium terebinthaceum
) with large rough leaves and yellow
flowers, found in the Western prairies.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American rodent (Cynomys Ludovicianus
) allied to the marmots. It inhabits the
plains west of the Mississippi. The prairie dogs burrow in
the ground in large warrens, and have a sharp bark like
that of a dog. Called also prairie marmot
. Same as Prairie chicken
(Zo["o]l.), a large long-eared Western hare
). See Jack rabbit
, under 2d Jack
, Prairie falcon
(Zo["o]l.), a falcon of
Western North America (Falco Mexicanus
). The upper parts
are brown. The tail has transverse bands of white; the
under parts, longitudinal streaks and spots of brown.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie chicken
(Med.), an affection of the skin attended with
intense itching, which is observed in the Northern and
Western United States; -- also called swamp itch
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie dog
(Zo["o]l.), a large American mole (Scalops argentatus
), native of the Western prairies.
, Prairie plover
, or Prairie snipe
(Zo["o]l.), the upland plover. See Plover
, n., 2.
(Zo["o]l.), the massasauga.
(Zo["o]l.), a large harmless American snake
). It is pale yellow, tinged
with brown above.
(Zo["o]l.), any American ground squirrel
of the genus Spermophilus
, inhabiting prairies; --
called also gopher
(Bot.), the edible turnip-shaped farinaceous
root of a leguminous plant (Psoralea esculenta
) of the
Upper Missouri region; also, the plant itself. Called also
, and pomme de prairie
(Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored American
warbler (Dendroica discolor
). The back is olive yellow,
with a group of reddish spots in the middle; the under
parts and the parts around the eyes are bright yellow; the
sides of the throat and spots along the sides, black;
three outer tail feathers partly white.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Coyote