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mourning dove

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noun

a dove, Zenaidura macroura, of North America, noted for its plaintive cooing.

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Nearby words

mournfully, mourning, mourning band, mourning becomes electra, mourning cloak, mourning dove, mourning iris, mourning warbler, mourningly, mouse, mouse deer

Origin of mourning dove

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for mourning dove

  • Our American turtle-dove, or mourning-dove, is much like this but nobody minds the few bits of grain it picks up.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
  • She awoke at the cry of a jay in the maples, and then as she listened she heard a mourning-dove sob from the distance.

  • Our most familiar wild species is the mourning-dove or turtle-dove (Zenaidura macroura) found abundantly all over the country.

British Dictionary definitions for mourning dove

mourning dove


noun

a brown North American dove, Zenaidura macroura, with a plaintive song
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