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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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  • The 'ringdove' steamer was lying at Dover ready to carry us hoff.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Winchester was promoted into the ringdove, and Griffin became first of the Proserpine.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • It's the Terpsichore's number, sir; and the other ship has just made the ringdove's.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • “Mr. ringdove says you are a famous skater,” Belle rejoined.

  • He spied a ringdove among the branches of an oak, and intended to kill it.

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

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

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • 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
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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