or ring dove


Origin of ringdove

First recorded in 1530–40; ring1 + dove1
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Examples from the Web for ringdove

Historical Examples of ringdove

  • The 'Ringdove' steamer was lying at Dover ready to carry us hoff.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Winchester was promoted into the Ringdove, and Griffin became first of the Proserpine.

    The Wing-and-Wing

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • It's the Terpsichore's number, sir; and the other ship has just made the Ringdove's.

    The Wing-and-Wing

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • “Mr. Ringdove says you are a famous skater,” Belle rejoined.

  • He spied a Ringdove among the branches of an oak, and intended to kill it.

British Dictionary definitions for ringdove


  1. another name for wood pigeon
  2. an Old World turtledove, Streptopelia risoria, having a greyish plumage with a black band around the neck
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