Definition of dovecote in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌvkɒt/
(also dovecot)


A shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons.
Example sentences
  • Town clerk Graham Gittins said Chester City Council had halved the city's pigeon flock by introducing dovecotes in strategic areas and attracting birds to roost in them by providing food.
  • We sat on the village bench, pulled on our boots, speculated on how many of the pretty sandstone houses were holiday cottages and eventually realised that the immobile pigeon in a dovecote was not alive, but not dead either.
  • The council is also launching a leaflet campaign to aimed at people who feed the birds on a regular basis, asking them to feed the pigeons at the dovecote.


flutter the dovecotes

(also cause a flutter among the dovecotes)
Startle or upset a sedate or conventionally minded community: it is his promotion that will flutter the dovecotes most of all
More example sentences
  • Something which would, of course, flutter the dovecoats if it were suggested in one of Derrida’s essays.

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