from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, slender dove (Streptopelia turtur) of Eurasia and Africa, having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
  • noun Any of several other doves of the genus Streptopelia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The common Carolina dove or pigeon, Zenaidura carolinensis. Also called mourning-dove. See cut under dove.
  • noun The Australian dove Stictopelia cuneata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.
  • noun (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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of turtle dove.

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

  • noun any of several Old World wild doves
  • noun small Australian dove


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