mourning dove


Definition of mourning dove

: an American dove (Zenaida macroura) with a pointed tail and a plaintive coo

Examples of mourning dove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bob McPherson of Mount Airy, Md., is partial to the calming coo of the mourning dove. Washington Post, "These natural sounds bring peace and relaxation to those who hear them," 27 Sep. 2020 Bill said, watching the distinctive outline of an airborne mourning dove appear amid the gathering light a few hundred yards distant. Star Tribune, "The dawn of mourning dove season arrives," 3 Sep. 2020 The state’s resident breeding mourning dove population is a massive one, estimated at around 20 million to 30 million birds with a long-term average of 23.6 million, which is roughly 13% of the national population. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Dove hunting season preview: Hunters will go far afield in quest for popular game bird," 29 Aug. 2020 The state’s resident breeding mourning dove population is a massive one estimated at around 20-30 million birds with a long-term average of 23.6 million, which is around 13 percent of the national population. Matt Williams,, "In the age of COVID-19, dove hunting a respite," 20 Aug. 2020 The previous high was 29,938 in 2000, the year the DNR proposed legalizing a hunt for mourning doves in Wisconsin. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "County deer recommendations open for public comment, and one council is suggesting an antlerless-only season," 18 Apr. 2020 In fact, one of the last living wild passenger pigeons was found roosting with mourning doves. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Recipes to Recreate the First Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019 Piantedosi said that according to the US Department of Agriculture, at least 18 species of birds, including mourning doves, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, cedar waxwings, and goldfinches, are known to eat the fruit of American holly., "From Christmas decorations to classic holiday songs like “Deck The Halls,” holly is a traditional part of the Christmas season. It’s pointy-edged, dark green leaves and bright red berries are commonly used to make festive looking wreaths that adorn doorways and windows this time of year.," 5 Dec. 2019 Estimates put the number of breeding mourning doves at about 35 million and whitewings between 12 million and 14 million. John Goodspeed,, "Sky’s the limit: Weather, numbers point to bang-up dove season," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mourning dove

1833, in the meaning defined above

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2 Oct 2020

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“Mourning dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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: a dove of the United States named for its mournful cry

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