Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wild pigeon of Europe, Columba ænas. It is closely related to the rock-dove, C. livia, with which it has often been confounded, but is smaller and darker-colored, without white on the neck or wings. Also rarely called
hole-dove. Compare rock-dove, ring-dove.
- n. A common European wild pigeon (Columba aenas).
- n. Any of various related species, such as the Indian stockdove (Palumbaena eversmanni).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A common European wild pigeon (Columba ænas), so called because at one time believed to be the stock of the domestic pigeon, or, according to some, from its breeding in the stocks, or trunks, of trees.
- stock + dove, because once believed to be the stock of the domestic pigeon, or perhaps from its breeding in the stocks (trunks) of trees. (Wiktionary)
“Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro the glen, 5”
“His dread was lest she should think fit to return to Alderworth, and in that dread his eyes, with all the inquisitiveness of affection, frequently sought her face when she was not observing him, as he would have watched the head of a stockdove to learn if it contemplated flight.”
“The wild pigeon, or stockdove, is the parent whence all the varieties of the domestic pigeon are derived.”
“Buffon enumerates upwards of thirty varieties of the pigeon, which he derives from one root, — viz. the stockdove, or common wild pigeon.”
“The stockdove, in its wild state, is still found in some parts of”
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