Definition of blue pigeon in English:

blue pigeon


  • 1Any of various chiefly tropical pigeons having bluish plumage; (now) especially pigeons of the genus Alectroenas, found on islands in the western Indian Ocean.

  • 2Nautical
    historical, slang Nautical slang. The lead attached to the sounding line; the plummet. Now chiefly historical.


  • to fly the blue pigeon

    • historical, nautical slang, Cant : (a) cant to steal lead (now historical); (b) Naut. slang to cast the sounding lead.


Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From blue + pigeon.


blue pigeon

/ˌbluː ˈpɪdʒ(ɪ)n/