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rock dove

a European pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed.
Also called rock pigeon.
Origin of rock dove
First recorded in 1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rock dove is an early breeder, congregating in colonies on such cliffs as afford it the necessary shelter.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The rock dove is found on almost all parts of the rocky coasts of Europe and the outlying islands.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It is a little smaller than our own rock dove, and has not the whitish plumage on the lower part of the back.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • All the fancy breeds now raised come from the common pigeon, which is descended from the wild rock pigeon or rock dove.

British Dictionary definitions for rock dove

rock dove

a common dove, Columba livia, from which domestic and feral pigeons are descended. It has a pale grey plumage with black-striped wings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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