stock dove

[ duhv ]
/ dʌv /

noun

a cosmopolitan wild pigeon, Columba oenas, of Europe.

Origin of stock dove

1300–50; Middle English stokdove; compare German Stocktaube; so called because it nests in hollow tree trunks
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stock dove


noun

a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage

Word Origin for stock dove

C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock
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