mourning dove


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But over the years, he’s noticed that the call of the mourning dove has all but disappeared. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 The early goose season runs statewide for 15 days, while the teal season is open for nine and the mourning dove season continues through Nov. 29. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2022 Home gardens may see nesting mourning dove, a covey of baby quail, or the miracle of tiny hummingbird chicks hatching from miniature eggs in a nest not much bigger than a large thimble. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Fitzsimmons says mourning dove numbers are slightly below the long-term average in the central and north zones, but the totals are up from the state’s last spring survey in 2019. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2021 Wildlife experts estimate the state’s resident mourning dove population at around 25 million. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2021 The oblivious mourning dove outweighs many rivals, but proves relatively peaceful. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mourning dove was in 1833

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“Mourning dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

mourning dove

: a dove of North America with a mournful call

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