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

  Mourning \Mourn"ing\, a.
     1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as
        appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing;
        as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin,
        and the like.
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     Mourning bride (Bot.), a garden flower ({Scabiosa
        atropurpurea) with dark purple or crimson flowers in
        flattened heads.
  
     Mourning+dove+(Zool.),+a+wild+dove+({Zenaidura+macroura">Mourning dove (Zool.), a wild dove ({Zenaidura macroura)
        found throughout the United States; -- so named from its
        plaintive note. Called also Carolina dove. See Illust.
        under Dove.
  
     Mourning warbler (Zool.), an American ground warbler
        ({Geothlypis Philadelphia). The male has the head, neck,
        and chest, deep ash-gray, mixed with black on the throat
        and chest; other lower parts are pure yellow.
        [1913 Webster]

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.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     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) :

  mourning dove
      n 1: wild dove of the United States having a mournful call [syn:
           mourning dove, Zenaidura macroura]

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