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rock dove

a European pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed.
Also called rock pigeon.
Origin of rock dove
1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rock-dove haunts deep caverns worn out of the cliffs, both inland and on the coast.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • The people here call it the rock-dove, and from its snow-white plumage it forms a conspicuous object along the shores.

British Dictionary definitions for rock-dove

rock dove

a common dove, Columba livia, from which domestic and feral pigeons are descended. It has a pale grey plumage with black-striped wings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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