from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large pigeon (Columba palumbus) of Europe and Asia, having a white band on each wing. Also called ringdove.
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- n. Alternative spelling of woodpigeon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ringdove.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wood-culver, wood-quest, cushat, or ring-dove, Columba palumbus; also, sometimes, the stockdove, C. ænas.
- n. In the western United States, the band-tailed pigeon, Columba fasciata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
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She’d stood at Elsie Gruning’s table, trying to ignore the anguish that thrummed in every part of her, and over the way, beneath the roof where the butchers plied their trade, a big, red-faced man had held a wood pigeon by the feet, the bird madly fluttering its wings in a hopeless quest for freedom, then lowered it to his chopping block and brought his cleaver down on the bird’s neck.