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

  • n. An Old World pigeon (Streptopelia risoria) having black markings forming a half circle on the neck.
  • n. See wood pigeon.

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  • n. the wood pigeon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European wild pigeon (Columba palumbus) having a white crescent on each side of the neck, whence the name. Called also wood pigeon, and cushat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ringed dove, wood-pigeon, or cushat, Columba palumbus, a common European bird, distinguished by this name from the stock-dove (C. œnas) and rock-dove (C. livia), the only other British members of this genus.
  • n. A small dove, Turtur risorius, now known only in confinement, having the general plumage of a pale dull creamy color, with a black half-ring around the nape of the neck.

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

  • n. Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
  • n. greyish Old World turtledove with a black band around the neck; often caged


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  • So they entered and found all manner fruits in view and birds of every kind and hue, such as ringdove, nightingale and curlew; and the turtle and the cushat sang their love lays on the sprays.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Yea, I will laud thee while the ringdove moans, viii.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The ringdove thanks the Lord for her (his?) suffering in the holy martyrdom of love.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then, after ending his verses, he fainted again; and, presently reviving he went on to the second cage, wherein he found a ringdove.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ‘Very well, thankee, uncle,’ returned Mr. Sempronius, who had just appeared, looking something like a ringdove, with a small circle round each eye: the result of his constant corking.

    Sketches by Boz

  • Her words rang out crystalclear, more musical than the cooing of the ringdove, but they cut the silence icily.


  • There are other birds that live on fruit and herbage, such as the wild pigeon or ringdove, the common pigeon, the rock-dove, and the turtle-dove.

    The History of Animals

  • Sometimes it lays its eggs in the nest of a smaller bird after first devouring the eggs of this bird; it lays by preference in the nest of the ringdove, after first devouring the eggs of the pigeon.

    The History of Animals

  • Birds of the pigeon kind, such as the ringdove and the turtle-dove, lay two eggs at a time; that is to say, they do so as

    The History of Animals

  • I might here make mention of other fowls produced by the industry of man, as between the pheasant cock and dunghill hen, or between the pheasant and the ringdove, the peacock and the turkey hen, the partridge and the pigeon; but, sith I have no more knowledge of these than what I have gotten by mine ear, I will not meddle with them.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)


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  • Ringdoves roost well within his wood,

    shirr songs to suit which mood

    he saunters in

    from "Ode for Ted," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008

  • "Her words rang out crystalclear, more musical than the cooing of the ringdove, but they cut the silence icily."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 13

    January 14, 2007