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stock dove

[duhv] /dʌv/
a cosmopolitan wild pigeon, Columba oenas, of Europe.
Origin of stock dove
1300-50; Middle English stokdove; compare German Stocktaube; so called because it nests in hollow tree trunks Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As most readers are aware, the stock dove is a dweller in wooded inland districts, as well as on the coast.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The breeding season of the stock dove begins in April, and extends over the entire summer into the succeeding autumn.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for stock dove

stock dove

a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage
Word Origin
C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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