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rock dove

Syllabification: rock dove

Definition of rock dove in English:

noun

A mainly gray Old World pigeon that frequents coastal and inland cliffs. It is the ancestor of domestic and feral pigeons.
  • Columba livia, family Columbidae
Example sentences
  • Along with the raven and the eagle, the rock dove is ‘part of a great trinity of bird symbols for Western civilisation’.
  • He's a member of the pigeon family which includes the familiar rock dove, and the common city pigeon, as well as the white-winged dove of the Southwest.
  • Characteristic urban species - rock dove, European starling, and house sparrow - are currently absent from Baker Lake.

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