stock dove

noun

Definition of stock dove

1 :a common European wild pigeon (Columba oenas) resembling the rock pigeon but being darker colored and having the rump gray
2 :an Asiatic dove (Columba eversmanni) related to the European stock dove

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Origin and Etymology of stock dove

Middle English stokdouve, stokdove, from stok stock + douve, dove dove; probably from its living in hollow trees


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