from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of doves, based by Selby in 1835 upon the common turtle of Europe, Columba turtur of Linnæus, now called Turtur communis, vulgaris, or auritus. (See cut under turtle-dove.) There are many other Old World species, among them T. risorius, probably the turtle of Scripture.
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