- a structure, usually at a height above the ground, for housing domestic pigeons.
- flutter the dovecotes, to cause a stir in a quiet or conservative institution or group: The flamboyant manner of the tourists fluttered the dovecotes of the sleepy New England town.
Also dove·cot [duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/.
Origin of dovecote
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Examples from the Web for dovecote
Would my Lady think proper to allow a dovecote with silver pins?A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
As soon as they were inside the dovecote, the two accomplices were not acquainted.The Surprises of Life
I cannot ascertain the position of the rock Peristereon (dovecote).Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text
See you later,' said Demi, swinging himself down at the door of the Dovecote.Jo's Boys
Louisa May Alcott
The little kitchen, the poultry-house, the dovecote, were in ruins.Strange True Stories of Louisiana
George Washington Cable
- a structure for housing pigeons, often raised on a pole or set on a wall, containing compartments for the birds to roost and lay eggs
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Word Origin and History for dovecote
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