stock dove

stock dove

[duhv]
noun
a cosmopolitan wild pigeon, Columba oenas, of Europe.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English stokdove; compare German Stocktaube; so called because it nests in hollow tree trunks

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stock dove
 
n
a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage
 
[C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock]

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