tur·​tle·​dove ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv How to pronounce turtledove (audio)
: any of several small, wild, African and Eurasian pigeons (genus Streptopelia and especially S. turtur) noted for plaintive cooing

Examples of turtledove in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English turtul douve, turtill dowfe "the dove Streptopelia turtur," from turtul, turtill turtle entry 3 + douve, dowfe dove entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turtledove was in the 14th century

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“Turtledove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turtledove. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


tur·​tle·​dove ˈtərt-ᵊl-ˌdəv How to pronounce turtledove (audio)
: any of several small wild African and Eurasian pigeons noted for cooing

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