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stock dove

[duhv] /dʌv/
noun
1.
a cosmopolitan wild pigeon, Columba oenas, of Europe.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English stokdove; compare German Stocktaube; so called because it nests in hollow tree trunks
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stock dove

noun
1.
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
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