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[duhv-koht] /ˈdʌvˌkoʊt/
a structure, usually at a height above the ground, for housing domestic pigeons.
flutter the dovecotes, to cause a stir in a quiet or conservative institution or group:
The flamboyant manner of the tourists fluttered the dovecotes of the sleepy New England town.
Also, dovecot
[duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dovecote
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see dove1, cote1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dovecote
Historical Examples
  • From their resemblance to a dovecote or pigeon house they were called columbria.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • As soon as they were inside the dovecote, the two accomplices were not acquainted.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • Thither the airy folk came flying every evening as surely as doves to the dovecote.

    The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France
  • See you later,' said Demi, swinging himself down at the door of the dovecote.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • The dovecote is in the background, in the foreground the pretty French maid feeding the pretty pigeons.

  • The little kitchen, the poultry-house, the dovecote, were in ruins.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana George Washington Cable
  • I cannot ascertain the position of the rock Peristereon (dovecote).

  • He climbed up the ladder, in three steps and as carefully as he could, to the dovecote.

    The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels
  • There was a low tower at the south-west corner, dovecote shaped, where the pigeons made their nests and brought forth their young.

  • We jostled the loungers in a low-caste drinking shop and pushed on to a dark stair that rose like the ladder of a dovecote.

British Dictionary definitions for dovecote


a structure for housing pigeons, often raised on a pole or set on a wall, containing compartments for the birds to roost and lay eggs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dovecote

early 15c., from dove (n.) + cote.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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