Turtle dove

turtledove

[tur-tl-duhv]
noun
1.
any of several small to medium-sized Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, especially S. turtur, of Europe, having a long, graduated tail: noted for its soft, cooing call.
3.
a sweetheart or beloved mate.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English turtildove, equivalent to turtil turtle2 + dove dove1

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turtledove (ˈtɜːtəlˌdʌv)
 
n
1.  any of several Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, having a brown plumage with speckled wings and a long dark tail
2.  a gentle or loving person
 
[see turtle²]

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