- 1A stocky seed- or fruit-eating bird with a small head, short legs, and a cooing voice. Doves are generally smaller and more delicate than pigeons, but many kinds have been given both names.
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- Family Columbidae: numerous genera and species; white doves are a variety of the domestic pigeon
- Nestling pigeons and doves grow rapidly because of the crop-milk.
- I also see hornbills pass up small-fruited figs that would draw doves and pigeons in by the hundreds.
- The Mourning Dove is the most slender of Washington's pigeons and doves.
- 2A person who advocates peaceful or conciliatory policies, especially in foreign affairs. Compare with hawk1 ( sense 2 of the noun).More example sentences
- We at Dimpler Towers are thinking that siding with the doves over policy may not be such a bad idea.
- As well as claiming a growing international consensus for action, he appears to have silenced - albeit temporarily - the doves in his own Cabinet.
- But doubts go all the way up to doves inside his cabinet, prompting fears of the biggest split in the Labour movement since the formation of the SDP.
- 3 (Dove) (In Christian art and poetry) the Holy Spirit (as represented in John 1:32).More example sentences
- The story of Catherine is that she was put in prison, where she was fed by a Dove and saw a vision of Christ.
- sense 2.More example sentences
- The better analogy for my dovish but principled friends would be some bird that can attack other birds - but chooses not to.
- The answer is not, my dovish friends, as obvious as you seem to think.
- Neoconservatives and neoliberals just have different basic ways of approaching foreign policy - neither necessarily more hawkish or dovish.
Middle English: from Old Norse dúfa.