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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dove or pigeon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dove or pigeon.
  • n. A dove, now specifically of the species Columba palumbus.
  • n. A culverin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dove.
  • n. A culverin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dove; a pigeon.
  • n. Same as culverin.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English culufre, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula, diminutive of columba, dove.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English culver, from Old English culufre, culfre, culfer, borrowed from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin (diminutive) columbula ("little pigeon"), from Latin columba ("pigeon, dove"). (Wiktionary)

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