rock dove



a European pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed.

Origin of rock dove

First recorded in 1645–55
Also called rock pigeon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rock dove

  • The people here call it the rock-dove, and from its snow-white plumage it forms a conspicuous object along the shores.

  • The rock-dove haunts deep caverns worn out of the cliffs, both inland and on the coast.

    Birds in Flight|W. P. Pycraft

British Dictionary definitions for rock dove

rock dove

rock pigeon


a common dove, Columba livia, from which domestic and feral pigeons are descended. It has a pale grey plumage with black-striped wings
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