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turtledove

[tur-tl-duhv] /ˈtɜr tlˌdʌv/
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 of turtledove
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English turtildove, equivalent to turtil turtle2 + dove dove1
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Historical Examples
  • Besides the turtledove there is no other bird that is the harbinger of good luck.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • "I am going to finish this turtledove first, though," said Tabea gayly.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's, thy neck as jewels.

  • The cause or causes of the increase of the turtledove are not far to seek.

  • But Margaret, who like most loving women had no more sense of humour than a turtledove, took this very ill.

  • The turtledove, though common in the south of England, is a migratory bird, and in these parts not a constant visitor.

  • Another species, also said to be increasing in the country--the turtledove, was extremely abundant.

  • Hence, as he sallies forth to seek the site, he keeps his ear alert for the turtledove's2 prophetic cry.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • This instance will serve to show the uncompromising faith of the Manbo in omens, especially in that of the turtledove.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
British Dictionary definitions for turtledove

turtledove

/ˈtɜːtəlˌdʌv/
noun
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
Word Origin
see turtle²
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