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stock dove

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noun
  1. a cosmopolitan wild pigeon, Columba oenas, of Europe.
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Origin of stock dove

1300–50; Middle English stokdove; compare German Stocktaube; so called because it nests in hollow tree trunks
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Examples from the Web for stock dove

Historical Examples

  • Inside the sticks were the feathers and part of the skeleton of a stock-dove.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • Among the feathered tribes they mention the “thrush and stock-dove.”

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • Among the feathered tribes they mention the "thrush and stock-dove."

    The American Indians

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • You received, you say, last spring a stock-dove from Sussex, and are informed that they sometimes breed in that county.

  • In the stock-dove this is a better, more musical, and a more varied sound than in any other Columba known to me.

    Afoot in England

    W.H. Hudson


British Dictionary definitions for stock dove

stock dove

noun
  1. a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage
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Word Origin

C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock
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