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

 

turtle dove

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a wild dove1 (= a type of bird) with a pleasant soft call, thought to be a very loving bird See related entries: Birds Word Origin Middle English: turtle from Old English turtla, turtle ‘turtle dove’ (from Latin turtur, of imitative origin).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: turtle dove