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Definition of "turtledove" [tur•tle•dove]

  • A small, slender European dove (Streptopelia turtur) having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice. (noun)
  • See mourning dove. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "turtledove" in a sentence
  • "The turtledove is migratory (Jer 8: 7), and "comes" early in"
  • "His voice begins the section; the voice of the turtledove is the central part of the spring day; the desire to hear her voice concludes it."
  • "The case of the turtledove is the most notorious of all, for we would defy any one to assert that he had anywhere seen a turtle-dove in winter-time; at the beginning of the hiding time it is exceedingly plump, and during this period it moults, but retains its plumpness."
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