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Dove

[duhv] /dʌv/
noun
1.
Arthur, 1880–1946, U.S. painter.
2.
Rita, born 1952, U.S. poet and educator: U.S. poet laureate 1993.
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British Dictionary definitions for arthur dove

Dove

/dʌv/
noun
1.
(Christianity) the Dove, a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32)

dove1

/dʌv/
noun
1.
any of various birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes. They are typically smaller than pigeons related adjective columbine
2.
(politics) a person opposed to war Compare hawk1 (sense 3)
3.
a gentle or innocent person: used as a term of endearment
4.
  1. a greyish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): dove walls
Derived Forms
dovelike, adjective
dovish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dūfe (unattested except as a feminine proper name); related to Old Saxon dūbva, Old High German tūba

dove2

/dəʊv/
verb
1.
(mainly US) a past tense of dive
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Word Origin and History for arthur dove

dove

n.

probably from Old English dufe- (found only in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *dubon (cf. Old Saxon duba, Old Norse dufa, Swedish duva, Middle Dutch duve, Dutch duif, Old High German tuba, German Taube, Gothic -dubo), perhaps related to words for "dive," in reference to its flight.

Originally applied to all pigeons, now mostly restricted to the turtle dove. A symbol of gentleness from early Christian times, also of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gen. viii:8-12), and of peace and deliverance from anxiety; political meaning "person who advocates peace" attested by 1917, from the Christian dove of peace.

v.

past tense of dive (q.v.).

dove

v.

past tense of dive (q.v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for arthur dove

dove

noun

  1. Dear one; honey; love: There at once, my dove (1596+)
  2. A person who advocates peace and nonviolence; an irenic soul (1962+)

Related Terms

turtledoves

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