turtledove

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tur·tle·dove

noun \-ˌdəv\

: a type of bird that makes a soft pleasant sound

Full Definition of TURTLEDOVE

:  any of several small wild pigeons (genus Streptopelia and especially S. turtur) noted for plaintive cooing

First Known Use of TURTLEDOVE

14th century

turtledove

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Streptopelia turtur, family Columbidae) of migratory European pigeon that winters in northern Africa. It is about 11 in. (28 cm) long and has a reddish brown body, blue-gray head, and white-tipped tail. A ground feeder, it eats prodigious amounts of small seeds. The name is applied to other temperate and tropical Old World Streptopelia species of slim, fast-flying game birds. The ringed turtledove, or ringdove, has feral populations in California and Florida, U.S.; the laughing and spotted doves have also been introduced outside their native habitats.

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