Definition of mourning dove in English:

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mourning dove


A North and Central American dove with a long tail, a gray-brown back, and a plaintive call.
  • Zenaida macroura, family Columbidae.
Example sentences
  • Of course, we still have our year-round chickadees, titmice, cardinals, woodpeckers, mourning doves and song sparrows.
  • Passenger pigeons looked like mourning doves, but more colorful, with wine-red breasts, green necks and long blue tail feathers.
  • Although this is desert, there is an incredible diversity of bird life along the river and in other areas of the park - mourning doves, American kestrel falcons, nighthawks and brown thrashers are just a few of the birds that call it home.

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Syllabification: mourn·ing dove

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