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dove1 US English

A 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

dove2 US English

Past of dive.

dove New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

North American past of dive

dove in dive US English

Plunge head first into water

Dove in dove1 US English

(In Christian art and poetry) the Holy Spirit (as represented in John 1:32)

Dove, Rita US English

(1952-), US poet and novelist. The youngest poet and the first African-American woman to hold the post of poet laureate of the US (1993–95), her work includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poems Thomas and Beulah (1986) and the novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992)

dove gray US English

A light gray

dove tree US English

A slender deciduous Chinese tree with flowers that bear large white bracts said to resemble doves' wings, grown as an ornamental

rock dove US English

A mainly gray Old World pigeon that frequents coastal and inland cliffs. It is the ancestor of domestic and feral pigeons

dove shell US English

A small mollusc with a robust shell, occurring in tropical and subtropical seas

fruit dove US English

A tropical fruit-eating dove that typically has brightly coloured plumage, usually with a green back, and occurs mainly in Indonesia and Australasia

ground dove US English

A small dove that spends much of its time on the ground, feeding and frequently nesting there

stock dove US English

A gray Eurasian and North African pigeon that resembles a small wood pigeon and nests in holes in trees

collared dove US English

An Old World dove related to the ringed turtle dove, with buff, gray, or brown plumage and a narrow black band around the back of the neck

mourning dove US English

A North and Central American dove with a long tail, a gray-brown back, and a plaintive call

dove's-foot cranesbill US English

A European cranesbill which has white downy hairs on the leaves and spreading stems. The leaves supposedly resemble the foot of a bird

dive in in dive US English

Help oneself to food

dive in US English

Help oneself to food

dovecote US English

A shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons

dive US English

Put one’s hand quickly into something, especially a pocket or purse, in order to find something

dive into in dive US English

Occupy oneself suddenly and enthusiastically with (a meal, or an engrossing subject or activity)

dive into US English

Occupy oneself suddenly and enthusiastically with (a meal, or an engrossing subject or activity)

ringdove US English

A dove or pigeon with a ringlike mark on the neck, in particular

turtledove US English

A small Old World dove with a soft purring call, noted for the apparent affection shown for its mate

common ground dove in ground dove US English

A small dove that spends much of its time on the ground, feeding and frequently nesting there


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