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mourning dove

noun
1.
a dove, Zenaidura macroura, of North America, noted for its plaintive cooing.
Origin of mourning dove
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism
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  • Our most familiar wild species is the mourning-dove or turtle-dove (Zenaidura macroura) found abundantly all over the country.

  • She awoke at the cry of a jay in the maples, and then as she listened she heard a mourning-dove sob from the distance.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • Our American turtle-dove, or mourning-dove, is much like this but nobody minds the few bits of grain it picks up.

British Dictionary definitions for mourning-dove

mourning dove

noun
1.
a brown North American dove, Zenaidura macroura, with a plaintive song
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