Definitions for: Dove


[n] any of numerous small pigeons
[n] an emblem of peace
[n] flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
[n] a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
[n] someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations



Webster (1913) Definition: Dove, n. [OE. dove, duve, douve, AS. d?fe; akin to OS.
d?ba, D. duif, OHG. t?ba, G. taube, Icel. d?fa, Sw. dufva,
Dan. due, Goth. d?b?; perh. from the root of E. dive.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A pigeon of the genus Columba and various
related genera. The species are numerous.

Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called
fantails, tumblers, carrier pigeons, etc., was
derived from the rock pigeon (Columba livia) of
Europe and Asia; the turtledove of Europe, celebrated
for its sweet, plaintive note, is C. turtur or
Turtur vulgaris; the ringdove, the largest of
European species, is C. palumbus; the {Carolina
dove}, or Mourning dove, is Zenaidura macroura; the
sea dove is the little auk (Mergulus alle or {Alle
alle}). See Turtledove, Ground dove, and {Rock
pigeon}. The dove is a symbol of innocence, gentleness,
and affection; also, in art and in the Scriptures, the
typical symbol of the Holy Ghost.



2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.

O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii.
14.

Dove tick (Zo["o]l.), a mite (Argas reflexus) which
infests doves and other birds.

Soiled dove, a prostitute. [Slang]

Synonyms: Columba, peacenik, squab

Antonyms: hawk, war hawk

See Also: allegory, Australian turtledove, constellation, disarmer, domestic pigeon, emblem, mourning dove, pacificist, pacifist, pigeon, poultry, Stictopelia cuneata, turtledove, Zenaidura macroura

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