turtledove

noun
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

Examples of turtledove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hello, turtledoves, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 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 4 Jul. 2022.

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turtledove

noun
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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