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 There are no reliable data on Los Angeles’ mourning dove population. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Over George Washington’s head, the mourning dove’s glossy swirls ping against a matte sky., 8 Apr. 2021 Texas mourning dove hunters make up about one-third of the national total and typically account for about 33% of the national harvest on mourning doves and 90% of the whitewing total. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2020 Bob McPherson of Mount Airy, Md., is partial to the calming coo of the mourning dove. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mourning dove

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Mourning dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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

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