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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any bird of the family Columbidae, esp. the smaller species with pointed tails.

    Category: Ornithology

    Ref: Compare pigeon (def. 1). 1 1

  2. a pure white member of this species, used as a symbol of innocence, gentleness, and peace.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. (cap.) a symbol for the Holy Ghost.

    Category: Religion

  4. a person who advocates peace or a conciliatory national attitude.

    Category: Government

  5. an innocent or gentle person.

  6. a warm gray color.

Origin of dove:

1150–1200; ME; OE dūfe- (in dūfedoppa pelican)



  1. Ref: a pt. of dive .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dove(noun)

    any of numerous small pigeons

  2. dove, peacenik(noun)

    someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations

  3. Columba, Dove(noun)

    a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum

  4. squab, dove(noun)

    flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled

  5. dove(noun)

    an emblem of peace

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dove(noun)ʊv

    a white bird used to represent peace


  1. Dove(ProperNoun)

    constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis

  2. Origin: A modern dialectal formation of the strong declension, by analogy with drive → drove and weave → wove.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dove

    of Dive

  2. Dove(noun)

    a pigeon of the genus Columba and various related genera. The species are numerous

  3. Dove(noun)

    a word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dove

    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.


  1. Columbidae

    Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes about 310 species. Pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. They 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 is a French word that 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 – often using sticks and other debris – which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species.

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a kind of pigeon.

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