American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, slender European dove (Streptopelia turtur) having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
- n. See mourning dove.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The turtle: any member of the genus Turtur in a broad sense; specifically, T. vulgaris, a dove native in the British Islands and other parts of Europe, and thence extending into Africa and Asia. There are many others, of most parts of the Old World, as the Cambayan, T. senegalensis; among them is T. risorius, commonly seen in captivity and called
- n. The common Carolina dove or pigeon, Zenaidura carolinensis. Also called mourning-dove. See cut under dove.
- n. The Australian dove Stictopelia cuneata.
- n. alternative spelling of turtle dove.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of pigeons belonging to Turtur and allied genera, native of various parts of the Old World; especially, the common European species (Turtur vulgaris), which is noted for its plaintive note, affectionate disposition, and devotion to its mate.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of pigeons more or less resembling the true turtledoves, as the American mourning dove (see under Dove), and the Australian turtledove (Stictopelia cuneata).
- n. any of several Old World wild doves
- n. small Australian dove
“The turtledove is migratory (Jer 8: 7), and "comes" early in”
“His voice begins the section; the voice of the turtledove is the central part of the spring day; the desire to hear her voice concludes it.”
“The case of the turtledove is the most notorious of all, for we would defy any one to assert that he had anywhere seen a turtle-dove in winter-time; at the beginning of the hiding time it is exceedingly plump, and during this period it moults, but retains its plumpness.”
“Baptist, historically, was the "turtledove" (So 2: 12), with eye directed to the coming Bridegroom: his Nazarite unshorn hair answers to”
“As ever, Josse avoided bright colours, preferring muted shades, such as turtledove, smoke grey and amethyst.”
“ so his people and kingdom, -- though as a "lily among thorns,"  as "sheep among wolves,"  as a "turtledove" among a multitude of devourers,  -- yet stands unshaken, at least unshivered.”
“Keep them friendly though, I don't want to go to war with my old man over a novel, even if it is a Harry turtledove novel.”
“[Jan. 18th, 2009 | 12: 19 pm] [Tags | books into movies, christopher hinz, comics into movies, david drake, david weber, harry turtledove, joe haldeman, matt wagner] "The Forlorn Hope" by David Drake -- It holds a special place in my heart because its the first Drake book I ever read and the first story I ever really wanted to see made into a movie.”
“Outside, she watched a turtledove trying to fly west, into the wind.”
“Jesus is my doctor, my lawyer, my turtledove, my fish and loaves, my Feast of Unleavened Bread, my sword and shield and buckler, and my scapegoat.”
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Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
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