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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Like frighted pigeons when the vulture darts upon the dovecot.

  • She didn't know what to do with her dovecot—nobody wanted it—so she's given it to me.

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

    The Lady of Lynn

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

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Even the rabbit hutches were stone, and the dovecot and the cuddy for the fowls.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • It was Jack's call at feeding-time to the pigeons at the dovecot.

  • When I go into that yard, the pigeons from your dovecot flutter at my feet.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • 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
  • There are no such beauties now; no, friend, not even at the dovecot.

  • The hens had already flown to the yard and the dovecot was voluble.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
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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