turtledove

noun tur·tle·dove \ -ˌdəv \

Definition of turtledove

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

First Known Use of turtledove

14th century


TURTLEDOVE Defined for English Language Learners

turtledove

Definition of turtledove for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bird that makes a soft pleasant sound


TURTLEDOVE Defined for Kids

turtledove

noun tur·tle·dove \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌdəv \

Definition of turtledove for Students

: a small wild pigeon that has a low soft cry


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