plural noun
Co·​lum·​bi·​for·​mes | \ kəˌləmbə̇ˈfȯrˌmēz \

Definition of Columbiformes

: a cosmopolitan order of land birds with four unwebbed toes, short legs, small heads, and usually little visible difference between the sexes that includes the sandgrouse and the pigeons and doves together with their extinct relatives, the dodo and solitaire

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History and Etymology for Columbiformes

New Latin, from Columba + -iformes

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“Columbiformes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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