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 for Turtledove
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turtledove \Tur"tle*dove`\ (t[^u]r"t'l-d[u^]v`), n. [See 1st
     Turtle.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of pigeons belonging
        to Turtur and allied genera, native of various parts of
        the Old World; especially, the common European species
        ({Turtur vulgaris), which is noted for its plaintive
        note, affectionate disposition, and devotion to its mate.
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     Note: The South African turtledove ({Turtur albiventris),
           and the ashy turtledove of India ({Turtur rubicolus),
           are similar to the European species in their habits.
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     2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of pigeons more or less
        resembling the true turtledoves, as the American mourning
        dove (see under Dove), and the Australian turtledove
        ({Stictopelia cuneata).
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     Note: The turtledove of the Scriptures is probably Turtur
           risorius, a species which is still plentiful in Egypt
           and other Eastern countries. It is closely allied to
           the European turtledove.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dove \Dove\ (d[u^]v), n. [OE. dove, duve, douve, AS. d[=u]fe;
     akin to OS. d[=u]ba, D. duif, OHG. t[=u]ba, G. taube, Icel.
     d[=u]fa, Sw. dufva, Dan. due, Goth. d[=u]b[=o]; perh. from
     the root of E. dive.]
     1. (Zool.) A pigeon of the genus Columba and various
        related genera. The species are numerous.
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     Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called
           fantails, tumblers, carrier pigeons, etc., was
           rock+pigeon+({Columba+livia">derived from the rock pigeon ({Columba livia) of
           Europe and Asia; the turtledove of Europe, celebrated
           for its sweet, plaintive note, is Columba turtur or
           Turtur vulgaris; the ringdove, the largest of
           European species, is Columba palumbus; the Carolina
           dove, or Mourning dove, is Zenaidura macroura; the
           sea+dove+is+the+little+auk+({Mergulus+alle">sea dove is the little auk ({Mergulus alle or Alle
           alle). See Turtledove, Ground dove, and Rock
           pigeon. The dove is a symbol of peace, innocence,
           gentleness, and affection; also, in art and in the
           Scriptures, the typical symbol of the Holy Ghost.
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     2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
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              O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii.
                                                    14.
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     3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation
        rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk.
        [PJC]
  
     Dove+tick+(Zool.),+a+mite+({Argas+reflexus">Dove tick (Zool.), a mite ({Argas reflexus) which infests
        doves and other birds.
  
     Soiled dove, a prostitute. [Slang] Dovecot

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  turtledove
      n 1: small Australian dove [syn: Australian turtledove,
           turtledove, Stictopelia cuneata]
      2: any of several Old World wild doves

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