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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English turtildove, equivalent to turtil turtle2 + dove dove1
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  • Then an odd and exotic new creature, a turtledove, is brought into the house and placed in a gilded cage.
  • Types of birds affected included racing pigeons, stray pigeons, and a turtledove.
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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