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A widespread Eurasian dove (Columba oenas) having grayish plumage.
[Probably from its living in hollow tree trunks.]
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(Animals) a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage
[C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock]
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