turtledove

[ tur-tl-duhv ]
/ ˈtɜr tlˌdʌv /
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noun

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.
a sweetheart or beloved mate.

Nearby words

  1. turrical,
  2. turriculate,
  3. tursha,
  4. turtle,
  5. turtleback,
  6. turtlehead,
  7. turtleneck,
  8. turtlet,
  9. turves,
  10. turya

Origin of turtledove

1250–1300; Middle English turtildove, equivalent to turtil turtle2 + dove dove1

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British Dictionary definitions for turtledove

turtledove

/ (ˈtɜːtəlˌdʌv) /

noun

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

Word Origin for turtledove

see turtle ²

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