dovecote

noun dove·cote \ ˈdəv-ˌkōt , -ˌkät \
variants: or less commonly dovecot play \-ˌkät\

Definition of dovecote

1 : a small compartmented raised house or box for domestic pigeons
2 : a settled or harmonious group or organization

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When Shakespeare's Coriolanus was condemned to die by the Volscians, the doomed general proudly reminded his enemies, "Like an eagle in a dove-cote, I Flutter'd your Volscians in Corioli." (Coriolanus was referring to an earlier victory in which his army had seized the city of Corioli from the Volscians.) When he introduced that eagle into the dovecote, Shakespeare also introduced a new figure of speech, but one that wasn't truly "discovered" by most writers until the 19th century-and then from a misquote. English novelist Edward G. Lytton reminded folks about it in 1853 when he wrote about how "the great Roman general did 'flutter the dove-cots in Corioli.'" Nowadays, we sometimes ruffle dovecotes or cause a flurry in them, in addition to fluttering them or causing a flutter in them.

First Known Use of dovecote

15th century


DOVECOTE Defined for English Language Learners

dovecote

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Definition of dovecote for English Language Learners

  • : a small house or box for pigeons to live in


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