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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. 2016.
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  • You received, you say, last spring a stock-dove from Sussex, and are informed that they sometimes breed in that county.

  • Inside the sticks were the feathers and part of the skeleton of a stock-dove.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • The stock-dove, one of our pretty wild pigeons, nests in colonies in rabbit-burrows, as does the brown owl.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Among the feathered tribes they mention the “thrush and stock-dove.”

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • In the stock-dove this is a better, more musical, and a more varied sound than in any other Columba known to me.

    Afoot in England W.H. Hudson
  • Among the feathered tribes they mention the "thrush and stock-dove."

    The American Indians Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Mrs. Wordsworth, in all her enthusiasm for Wordsworth's beautiful address to the stock-dove, took the old woman to her heart.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
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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