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- n. A pigeon, wood pigeon or ring dove.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ringdove or wood pigeon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ring-dove or wood-pigeon, Columba palumbus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
A more descriptive name is that of ringdove, easily explained by the white collar, but the bird is also known as cushat, queest, or even culver.
There sang the nightingale, whose chant arouses the sleeper, and the merle with his note like the voice of man and the cushat and the ring-dove, whilst the parrot with its eloquent tongue answered the twain.
When they came to the valley, they found it beautiful exceedingly and passing all degree; and birds on tree sang joyously and the mocking-nightingale trilled out her melody, and the cushat filled with her moan the mansions made by the Deity, — And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say,
Moreover, in that garden were birds of all breeds, ring-dove and cushat and nightingale and culver, each singing his several song, and amongst them the lady, swaying gracefully to and fro in her beauty and grace and symmetry and loveliness and ravishing all who saw her.
So they entered and found all manner fruits in view and birds of every kind and hue, such as ringdove, nightingale and curlew; and the turtle and the cushat sang their love lays on the sprays.
Again, some creatures live in the fields, as the cushat; some on the mountains, as the hoopoe; some frequent the abodes of men, as the pigeon.
Some birds, for instance, have a crop in front of the stomach, as the barn-door cock, the cushat, the pigeon, and the partridge; and the crop consists of a large hollow skin, into which the food first enters and where it lies ingested.
Birds thrive in times of drought, both in their general health and in regard to parturition, and this is especially the case with the cushat; fishes, however, with a few exceptions, thrive best in rainy weather; on the contrary rainy seasons are bad for birds-and so by the way is much drinking-and drought is bad for fishes.
The cushat and the rock-dove migrate, and never winter in our country, as is the case also with the turtle-dove; the common pigeon, however, stays behind.
She sang so sweetly that a cushat dove flew down from a tree and followed her.
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