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- n. A common European wild pigeon (Columba aenas).
- n. Any of various related species, such as the Indian stockdove (Palumbaena eversmanni).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wild pigeon of Europe, Columba ænas.
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)