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rock dove

noun
1.
a European pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed.
Also called rock pigeon.
Origin of rock dove
1645-1655
1645-55
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  • The rock dove is an early breeder, congregating in colonies on such cliffs as afford it the necessary shelter.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It is a little smaller than our own rock dove, and has not the whitish plumage on the lower part of the back.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • All the fancy breeds now raised come from the common pigeon, which is descended from the wild rock pigeon or rock dove.

  • The rock dove is found on almost all parts of the rocky coasts of Europe and the outlying islands.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for rock dove

rock dove

noun
1.
a common dove, Columba livia, from which domestic and feral pigeons are descended. It has a pale grey plumage with black-striped wings
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