: pigeon

Word History


Middle English, from Old English culfer, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula, diminutive of Latin columba dove — more at columbine

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of culver was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near culver

Cite this Entry

“Culver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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