- 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 dove·cot [duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/.
Origin of dovecote
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Examples from the Web for dovecot
Like frighted pigeons when the vulture darts upon the dovecot.Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy
She didn't know what to do with her dovecot—nobody wanted it—so she's given it to me.The Limit
The fans were now all agitation; 'twas like a flutter in a dovecot.The Lady of Lynn
When they arrive they perch at the window of the dovecot, where their mates and young await them.Poachers and Poaching
Even the rabbit hutches were stone, and the dovecot and the cuddy for the fowls.The Glory of The Coming
Irvin S. Cobb
- 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
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Word Origin and History for dovecot
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