from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small house or box, raised to a considerable height above the ground, and having compartments, in which domestic pigeons breed; a dove house.
  • n. In medieval Europe, a round or square structure of stone or wood, free-standing or built into a tower, in which pigeons were kept.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a birdhouse for pigeons


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  • The dovecote was the second most likely rendezvous.

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  • And sometimes, also, do I find a fugitive creature in my dovecote, which is alien to me, and trembleth when I lay my hand upon it.

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  • The dovecote was a head-dress, a kind of round caul of gold or silver network, secured by gold or silver pins fastened in the hair.

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  • The dovecote was his escape, his only friend, and he wouldn't abandon it, even to prolong his life.

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  • The dovecote was an exquisite conceit painted snow white and the blue of a robin’s egg.

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  • The three-story "tower" that stands on the property today and graces the wine label is actually a pigeonniere, or dovecote, built in 1625—and is not, as is commonly imagined, the tower that gave the estate its name.

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  • What of the vicar's odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote?

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  • The funerary vault, or Monumentum Liviae, contained the cremated remains of more than a thousand Roman slaves and freedmen, their ashes packed in row upon row of ollae burial jars stacked in tiny niches around the vault, like pigeonholes; hence the name columbarium, meaning “dovecote.”

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  • Every morning after the war, Joshua went up to the roof to take care of the dovecote.

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