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dovecote

[duhv-koht] /ˈdʌvˌkoʊt/
noun
1.
a structure, usually at a height above the ground, for housing domestic pigeons.
Idioms
2.
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)
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Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see dove1, cote
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British Dictionary definitions for flutter dovecotes

dovecote

/ˈdʌvˌkəʊt/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for flutter dovecotes

dovecote

n.

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

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