turtledove

noun
tur·​tle·​dove | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv \

Definition of turtledove 

: any of several small, wild, African and Eurasian pigeons (genus Streptopelia and especially S. turtur) noted for plaintive cooing

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Hello, turtledoves, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 21 Dec. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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turtledove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turtledove

: a type of bird that makes a soft pleasant sound

turtledove

noun
tur·​tle·​dove | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv \

Kids Definition of turtledove

: a small wild pigeon that has a low soft cry

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