wood dove

noun

Definition of wood dove

  1. 1 :  wood pigeon 1a

  2. 2 :  stock dove 1

  3. 3 :  any of a genus (Turtur) of small, grayish-brown African doves noted for their long, soft cooing songs … spent three idyllic days there earlier this year, waking each morning to the echo of wood doves and looking down into the deep valley below in the hope of seeing a leopard slipping through the euphorbias. — Brian Jackman, Daily Telegraph (London), 6 Nov. 2010

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Origin and Etymology of wood dove

Middle English wode dowe


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