mourning dove

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mourning dove

n.
A grayish-brown, swift-flying dove (Zenaida macroura) of North and Central America, noted for its mournful call. Also called turtledove.
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mourning dove

n
(Animals) a brown North American dove, Zenaidura macroura, with a plaintive song
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mourn′ing dove`


n.
a dove, Zenaida (Zenaidura) macroura, of North America, noted for its plaintive cooing.
[1825–35, Amer.]
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Noun1.mourning dove - wild dove of the United States having a mournful callmourning dove - wild dove of the United States having a mournful call
dove - any of numerous small pigeons
genus Zenaidura, Zenaidura - mourning doves
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The three species ranged from red-eyed doves about the size of rock pigeons (though thankfully slower-flying), to Cape turtledoves the size of North American mourning doves, to even smaller laughing doves.

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