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 The coos of a mourning dove float in on the breeze. Allison Palmer, Charlotte Observer, 10 May 2024 Among the likely birds in Sacramento: house finch, mourning dove, crow, cedar waxwing, scrub jay, mockingbird, sparrow, goldfinch, junco and woodpecker. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Some of these, like the mourning dove, acted as non-learning controls. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2023 The mourning dove has a very rhythmic, soothing coo. Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 Hunters killed approximately 11 million mourning doves in 2020 and 9 million the following year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. John Heasly, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 By far the most common, numerous, widespread, and important to hunters, is the mourning dove. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 4 May 2023 That seasons in each of these states begin each year on the same date, Sept. 1, is borderline amazing, given the temperature extremes that prevail, north to south, on the opener in what the Fish and Wildlife Service calls its mourning dove Central Management Unit. Star Tribune, 3 Sep. 2020 The rising, fluty whistle of a mourning dove., 8 Apr. 2021

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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mourning dove

: a dove of North America with a mournful call

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