- any of several small to medium-sized Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, especially S. turtur, of Europe, having a long, graduated tail: noted for its soft, cooing call.
- mourning dove.
- a sweetheart or beloved mate.
Origin of turtledove
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Examples from the Web for turtledove
"I am going to finish this turtledove first, though," said Tabea gayly.Duffels
The cause or causes of the increase of the turtledove are not far to seek.Birds in Town and Village
W. H. Hudson
Besides the turtledove there is no other bird that is the harbinger of good luck.The Manbos of Mindano
John M. Garvan
Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's, thy neck as jewels.
The turtledove, though common in the south of England, is a migratory bird, and in these parts not a constant visitor.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
- any of several Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, having a brown plumage with speckled wings and a long dark tail
- a gentle or loving person
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