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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squab, dove(noun)

    flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled

  2. squab(noun)

    a soft padded sofa

  3. squab(adj)

    an unfledged pigeon

  4. squab, squabby(adj)

    short and fat


  1. squab(Noun)

    A baby pigeon or dove.

  2. squab(Noun)

    The meat of a squab (i.e. a young (domestic) pigeon or dove) used as food.

  3. squab(Noun)

    A baby rook.

  4. squab(Noun)

    A thick cushion, especially a flat one covering the seat of a chair or sofa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squab(adj)

    fat; thick; plump; bulky

  2. Squab(adj)

    unfledged; unfeathered; as, a squab pigeon

  3. Squab(noun)

    a neatling of a pigeon or other similar bird, esp. when very fat and not fully fledged

  4. Squab(noun)

    a person of a short, fat figure

  5. Squab(noun)

    a thickly stuffed cushion; especially, one used for the seat of a sofa, couch, or chair; also, a sofa

  6. Squab(adverb)

    with a heavy fall; plump

  7. Squab(verb)

    to fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke

  8. Origin: [Cf. dial. Sw. sqvapp, a word imitative of a splash, and E. squab fat, unfledged.]


  1. Squab

    In culinary terminology, squab is a young domestic pigeon or its meat. The meat is widely described as tasting like dark chicken. The term is probably of Scandinavian origin; the Swedish word skvabb means "loose, fat flesh". It formerly applied to all dove and pigeon species, such as the Wood Pigeon, the Mourning Dove, and the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon, and their meat. More recently, squab meat comes almost entirely from domesticated pigeons. The meat of dove and pigeon gamebirds hunted primarily for sport is rarely called squab. The practice of domesticating pigeon as livestock may have come from the Middle East; historically, squabs or pigeons have been consumed in many civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Rome and Medieval Europe. Although squab has been consumed throughout much of recorded history, it is generally regarded as exotic, not as a contemporary staple food; there are more records of its preparation for the wealthy than for the poor. The modern squab industry uses utility pigeons. Squabs are raised until they are roughly a month old, when they reach adult size but have not yet flown, before being slaughtered.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squab

    skwob, adj. fat, clumsy: curt, abrupt: unfledged, newly hatched: shy, coy.—n. a young pigeon, the young of other animals before the hair or feathers are grown: a short stumpy person: a thickly-stuffed cushion, a sofa padded throughout, an ottoman.—v.t. to stuff thickly and sew through, the stitches being concealed by buttons, &c.—v.i. to fall heavily.—adv. flat: heavily, as a fall.—adjs. Squab′bish, thick, heavy; Squab′by, squat.—ns. Squab′-chick, a fledgling; Squab′-pie, a pie made of strips of mutton, onions, and slices of apple. [Prob. Scand.; cf. Sw. dial. sqvapp, a word imitative of a splash, sqvabb, loose flesh, sqvabbig, flabby.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squab in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squab in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  • Jungtaube, Täubchen, TäubchenfleischGerman
  • πιτσούνι, μαξιλάρα, νεοσσός τρυπανοκόρακα, νεογνό τρυπανοκόρακαGreek
  • kolombido, kolombidaĵo, kolombidoviando, virkolombido, kolombidinoEsperanto
  • palomino, pichónSpanish
  • colombeau, colombelle, pigeonneauFrench
  • díványpárna, galambfióka, varjúfiókaHungarian
  • голубёнок, голу́бка, поду́шка, голубо́к, голубя́тинаRussian
  • golupče, golubić, goluždravacSerbo-Croatian
  • duvunge, råkunge, soffkuddeSwedish
  • hipijunül, jipijunül, pijunülamit, pijunülVolapük

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