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turtledove

[ tur-tl-duhv ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. a sweetheart or beloved mate.


turtledove

/ ˈtɜːtəlˌdʌv /

noun

  1. any of several Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia , having a brown plumage with speckled wings and a long dark tail
  2. a gentle or loving person


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Word History and Origins

Origin of turtledove1

1250–1300; Middle English turtildove, equivalent to turtil turtle 2 + dove dove 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of turtledove1

see turtle ²

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Example Sentences

Another species, also said to be increasing in the country--the turtledove, was extremely abundant.

Hence, as he sallies forth to seek the site, he keeps his ear alert for the turtledove's2 prophetic cry.

This instance will serve to show the uncompromising faith of the Manbo in omens, especially in that of the turtledove.

"I am going to finish this turtledove first, though," said Tabea gayly.

The cause or causes of the increase of the turtledove are not far to seek.

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