from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of domestic pigeons having a small crested head and a ruffled breast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding, known for its peaked crest, short beak, and frill of feathers on the breast.
  • n. The turbot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The turbot.
  • n. A variety of the domestic pigeon, remarkable for its short beak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of turbot.
  • n. A breed of domestic pigeons with white body and colored wings, ruffled breast, very short stout beak, flattened head, and peak-crest or shell-crest or both. There are several color-varieties; some are whole-colored.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • The turbit has a short and conical beak, with a line of reversed feathers down the breast; and it has the habit of continually expanding, slightly, the upper part of the oesophagus.
    Origin of Species, ch. 1

    A kind of pigeon. Possibly from L turbo "(spinning) top", which possibly also gave 'turbot' the fish.

    February 10, 2009