Definitions for DOVEdʌv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any bird of the family Columbidae, esp. the smaller species with pointed tails.
Ref: Compare pigeon (def. 1). 1 1
a pure white member of this species, used as a symbol of innocence, gentleness, and peace.
(cap.) a symbol for the Holy Ghost.
a person who advocates peace or a conciliatory national attitude.
an innocent or gentle person.
a warm gray color.
Origin of dove:
1150–1200; ME; OE dūfe- (in dūfedoppa pelican)
Ref: a pt. of dive .
any of numerous small pigeons
someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
an emblem of peace
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a white bird used to represent peace
constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis
Origin: A modern dialectal formation of the strong declension, by analogy with drive → drove and weave → wove.
a pigeon of the genus Columba and various related genera. The species are numerous
a word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in Christian art the symbol of the Holy Ghost, or of a pure, or a purified soul, and with an olive branch, the symbol of peace and the gospel of peace.
Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes about 310 species. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones. In general, the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. Pigeon derives from the Latin pipio, for a "peeping" chick, while dove is a Germanic word that refers to the bird's diving flight. In ornithological practice, "dove" tends to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically, the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms. The species most commonly referred to as "pigeon" is the Feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities. Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after seven to 28 days. Unlike most birds, both sexes of doves and pigeons produce "crop milk" to feed to their young, secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Young doves and pigeons are called "squabs".
Translations for DOVE
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a kind of pigeon.
- rolaPortuguese (BR)
- die TaubeGerman
- burung merpatiMalay
- كوتره: كټمير (قمرىPashto
- holub, -icaSlovak
- 和平鴿Chinese (Trad.)
- bồ câuVietnamese
- 鸽，小野鸽Chinese (Simp.)
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