tur·​tle·​dove | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv How to pronounce turtledove (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of turtledove

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turtledove

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

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“Turtledove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turtledove. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turtledove

: a type of bird that makes a soft pleasant sound


tur·​tle·​dove | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv How to pronounce turtledove (audio) \

Kids Definition of turtledove

: a small wild pigeon that has a low soft cry

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