Definition of turtle dove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


turtle dove

BrE BrE//ˈtɜːtl dʌv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrtl dʌv//
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a wild dove1 (1) (= a type of bird) with a pleasant soft call, thought to be a very loving bird See related entries: Birds Word OriginMiddle English: turtle from Old English turtla, turtle ‘turtle dove’ (from Latin turtur, of imitative origin).
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