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or ring dove

[ring-duhv] /ˈrɪŋˌdʌv/
a small Old World dove, Streptopelia risoria, having a black half ring around the nape of the neck.
Origin of ringdove
First recorded in 1530-40; ring1 + dove1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We make out the frigate to be the Terpsichore, and the sloop, I know by her new royals, is the ringdove.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The 'ringdove' steamer was lying at Dover ready to carry us hoff.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • In the ravine a ringdove mourned plaintively, and somewhere off in the bushes an owl hooted.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Her hand was scarce larger than a hazel-leaf, and her foot not longer than that of the ringdove.

    Curiosities of Olden Times S. Baring-Gould
  • He spied a ringdove among the branches of an oak, and intended to kill it.

  • Her words rang out crystalclear, more musical than the cooing of the ringdove, but they cut the silence icily.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The siskin and the ringdove vied with each other to do them pleasure, all day long their music rejoiced ear and soul.

  • The boat returned on board the ringdove, and I, as well as the others, rejoiced in having eluded impressment in a man-of-war.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • Winchester was promoted into the ringdove, and Griffin became first of the Proserpine.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • It was very like the hawk perched over and clawing the ringdove she has struck down.

British Dictionary definitions for ringdove


another name for wood pigeon
an Old World turtledove, Streptopelia risoria, having a greyish plumage with a black band around the neck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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