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[duhv-koht] /ˈdʌvˌkoʊt/
a structure, usually at a height above the ground, for housing domestic pigeons.
flutter the dovecotes, to cause a stir in a quiet or conservative institution or group:
The flamboyant manner of the tourists fluttered the dovecotes of the sleepy New England town.
Also, dovecot
[duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dovecote
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at dove1, cote1 Unabridged
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  • It was Jack's call at feeding-time to the pigeons at the dovecot.

  • The fans were now all agitation; 'twas like a flutter in a dovecot.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • They would permit me to go into their dovecot, without retreating; but the dam would often oppose my taking her young ones.

  • When they arrive they perch at the window of the dovecot, where their mates and young await them.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • This is the dovecot, on the other side of the road, now converted into a village reading-room.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • For verily I saw the owner of the dovecot from which the hawk has stolen the two doves.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
  • So our industrial teacher decided to move the dovecot bodily to another place.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • The hens had already flown to the yard and the dovecot was voluble.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • So the old man laboured up and down with his tired old bones, and covered the top of the dovecot with good black earth.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • How did you get on to the top of the dovecot when the door into the house was bolted and fast?

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
British Dictionary definitions for dovecot


a structure for housing pigeons, often raised on a pole or set on a wall, containing compartments for the birds to roost and lay eggs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dovecot



early 15c., from dove (n.) + cote.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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