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wood pigeon

Also called ringdove. a European pigeon, Columba palumbus, having a whitish patch on each side of the neck.
Origin of wood pigeon
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man was feeding with breadcrumbs a wood pigeon at his feet.

  • The Passenger Pigeon is a wood pigeon, nesting and roosting in trees.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • The tropical bird and the wood pigeon had as much likeness in every thing else.

    Silent Struggles

    Ann S. Stephens
  • And there followed a long silence, unbroken save for the soft cooing of a wood pigeon in the trees overhead.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • Alice laughed, a clear laugh that mingled musically with the call of a wood pigeon in the green dimness above.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • A wood pigeon cooed tranquilly in the cedar, and Lady Louisa groaned.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • A wood pigeon alighted on a branch close by, and sat preening her radiant plumage in a bath of golden sunlight.

    Station Amusements Lady Barker
  • The wood pigeon makes an untidy nest, consisting of a few bits of twigs placed one on the other without much care.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • In some places he is called the rain crow, and in other places the wood pigeon; but of course he is neither a crow nor a pigeon.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for wood pigeon

wood pigeon

a large Eurasian pigeon, Columba palumbus, having white patches on the wings and neck Also called ringdove, cushat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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