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tur·tle·dove

also turtle dove or turtle-dove  (tûr′tl-dŭv′)
n.
1. A small, slender dove (Streptopelia turtur) of Eurasia and Africa, having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
2. Any of several other doves of the genus Streptopelia.

turtledove

(ˈtɜːtəlˌdʌv)
n
1. (Animals) any of several Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, having a brown plumage with speckled wings and a long dark tail
2. a gentle or loving person
[see turtle2]

tur•tle•dove

(ˈtɜr tlˌdʌv)

n.
1. any of several small to medium-sized Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, esp. S. turtur, of Europe, having a long, graduated tail.
[1250–1300; Middle English turtildove; see turtle2, dove1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turtledove - small Australian doveturtledove - small Australian dove    
dove - any of numerous small pigeons
genus Stictopelia, Stictopelia - a genus of Columbidae
2.turtledove - any of several Old World wild dovesturtledove - any of several Old World wild doves
dove - any of numerous small pigeons
Streptopelia turtur - the common European wild dove noted for its plaintive cooing
ringdove, Streptopelia risoria - greyish Old World turtledove with a black band around the neck; often caged
Translations

turtledove

[ˈtɜːtldʌv] Ntórtola f

turtledove

[ˈtɜːtlˌdʌv] ntortora
References in classic literature ?
We have such funny times, and now I can enjoy them, for everyone is so desperately good, it's like living in a nest of turtledoves.
She hid them in a thick cloud, and Simois made ambrosia spring up for them to eat; the two goddesses then went on, flying like turtledoves in their eagerness to help the Argives.
The Virgin Mary also offered a pair of turtledoves for her own purification.
About one month earlier, a hunter was arrested in Kerman province for carrying an illegal gun and killing two turtledoves.
Among the wild birds found were ambelopoulia, woodpeckers, a roach, partridges, turtledoves and woodpigeons.
The second day, she received two turtledoves and another partridge in a pear tree.
This is the place Jesus was circumcised, two turtledoves and two pigeons being sacrificed to God, and I wonder why Christians today do not follow this sacred model.
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.
Vintage signs, pink geraniums, and an antique birdcage with turtledoves greeted guests as they entered the ballroom.
He accompanies Mary and the Christ Child to the Temple on the occasion of the Hebrew purification rites for firstborn males and their mothers, making the offering of "two turtledoves or two young pigeons," that is, the offering of the poor (Lk 2:22-38).
TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] There are such fowl that they have no gall, like the turtledoves and pigeons, and these are not to be forbidden, the reason being that the entire species is that way, and the tsvi has no gall in its liver, but has [it] down, next to its tail.
At the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Joseph and Mary, despite the friendship of these shepherds, were still so impoverished that they could not afford a lamb of the first year, hence lacked three guilders, and therefore fulfilled the requirements of the sacrifice with a pair of turtledoves as was permitted the poor in Leviticus 12:8.