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

  Sand \Sand\, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant,
     Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.]
     1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not
        reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose
        grains, which are not coherent when wet.
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              That finer matter, called sand, is no other than
              very small pebbles.                   --Woodward.
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     2. A single particle of such stone. [R.] --Shak.
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     3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of
        time; the term or extent of one's life.
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              The sands are numbered that make up my life. --Shak.
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     4. pl. Tracts of land consisting of sand, like the deserts of
        Arabia and Africa; also, extensive tracts of sand exposed
        by the ebb of the tide. "The Libyan sands." --Milton. "The
        sands o' Dee." --C. Kingsley.
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     5. Courage; pluck; grit. [Slang]
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     Sand+badger+(Zool.),+the+Japanese+badger+({Meles+ankuma">Sand badger (Zool.), the Japanese badger ({Meles ankuma).
     Sand bag.
        (a) A bag filled with sand or earth, used for various
            purposes, as in fortification, for ballast, etc.
        (b) A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by
     Sand ball, soap mixed with sand, made into a ball for use
        at the toilet.
     Sand bath.
        (a) (Chem.) A vessel of hot sand in a laboratory, in which
            vessels that are to be heated are partially immersed.
        (b) A bath in which the body is immersed in hot sand.
     Sand bed, a thick layer of sand, whether deposited
        naturally or artificially; specifically, a thick layer of
        sand into which molten metal is run in casting, or from a
        reducing furnace.
     Sand birds (Zool.), a collective name for numerous species
        of limicoline birds, such as the sandpipers, plovers,
        tattlers, and many others; -- called also shore birds.
     Sand blast, a process of engraving and cutting glass and
        other hard substances by driving sand against them by a
        steam jet or otherwise; also, the apparatus used in the
     Sand box.
        (a) A box with a perforated top or cover, for sprinkling
            paper with sand.
        (b) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs on
            the rails in front of the driving wheel, to prevent
     Sand-box tree (Bot.), a tropical American tree ({Hura
        crepitans). Its fruit is a depressed many-celled woody
        capsule which, when completely dry, bursts with a loud
        report and scatters the seeds. See Illust. of Regma.
     Sand bug (Zool.), an American anomuran crustacean ({Hippa
        talpoidea) which burrows in sandy seabeaches. It is often
        used as bait by fishermen. See Illust. under Anomura.
     Sand canal (Zool.), a tubular vessel having a calcareous
        coating, and connecting the oral ambulacral ring with the
        madreporic tubercle. It appears to be excretory in
     Sand cock (Zool.), the redshank. [Prov. Eng.]
     Sand collar. (Zool.) Same as Sand saucer, below.
     Sand crab. (Zool.)
        (a) The lady crab.
        (b) A land crab, or ocypodian.
     Sand crack (Far.), a crack extending downward from the
        coronet, in the wall of a horse's hoof, which often causes
     Sand cricket (Zool.), any one of several species of large
        terrestrial crickets of the genus Stenophelmatus and
        allied genera, native of the sandy plains of the Western
        United States.
     Sand cusk (Zool.), any ophidioid fish. See Illust. under
     Sand dab (Zool.), a small American flounder ({Limanda
        ferruginea); -- called also rusty dab. The name is also
        applied locally to other allied species.
     Sand darter (Zool.), a small etheostomoid fish of the Ohio
        valley ({Ammocrypta pellucida).
     Sand dollar (Zool.), any one of several species of small
        flat circular sea urchins, which live on sandy bottoms,
        especially Echinarachnius parma of the American coast.
     Sand drift, drifting sand; also, a mound or bank of drifted
     Sand eel. (Zool.)
        (a) A lant, or launce.
        (b) A slender Pacific Ocean fish of the genus
            Gonorhynchus, having barbels about the mouth.
     Sand flag, sandstone which splits up into flagstones.
     Sand flea. (Zool.)
        (a) Any species of flea which inhabits, or breeds in,
            sandy places, especially the common dog flea.
        (b) The chigoe.
        (c) Any leaping amphipod crustacean; a beach flea, or
            orchestian. See Beach flea, under Beach.
     Sand flood, a vast body of sand borne along by the wind.
        --James Bruce.
     Sand fluke. (Zool.)
        (a) The sandnecker.
        (b) The European smooth dab ({Pleuronectes
            microcephalus); -- called also kitt, marysole,
            smear dab, town dab.
     Sand fly (Zool.), any one of several species of small
        dipterous flies of the genus Simulium, abounding on
        sandy shores, especially Simulium nocivum of the United
        States. They are very troublesome on account of their
        biting habits. Called also no-see-um, punky, and
     Sand gall. (Geol.) See Sand pipe, below.
     Sand grass (Bot.), any species of grass which grows in
        sand; especially, a tufted grass ({Triplasis purpurea)
        with numerous bearded joints, and acid awl-shaped leaves,
        growing on the Atlantic coast.
     Sand grouse (Zool.), any one of many species of Old World
        birds belonging to the suborder Pterocletes, and
        resembling both grouse and pigeons. Called also rock
        grouse, rock pigeon, and ganga. They mostly belong to
        the genus Pterocles, as the common Indian species
        ({Pterocles exustus). The large sand grouse ({Pterocles
        arenarius), the painted sand grouse ({Pterocles
        fasciatus), and the pintail sand grouse ({Pterocles
        alchata) are also found in India. See Illust. under
     Sand hill, a hill of sand; a dune.
     Sand-hill crane (Zool.), the American brown crane ({Grus
     Sand hopper (Zool.), a beach flea; an orchestian.
     Sand hornet (Zool.), a sand wasp.
     Sand lark. (Zool.)
        (a) A small lark ({Alaudala raytal), native of India.
        (b) A small sandpiper, or plover, as the ringneck, the
            sanderling, and the common European sandpiper.
        (c) The Australian red-capped dotterel ({Aegialophilus
            ruficapillus); -- called also red-necked plover.
     Sand launce (Zool.), a lant, or launce.
     Sand lizard (Zool.), a common European lizard ({Lacerta
     Sand martin (Zool.), the bank swallow.
     Sand mole (Zool.), the coast rat.
     Sand monitor (Zool.), a large Egyptian lizard ({Monitor
        arenarius) which inhabits dry localities.
     Sand mouse (Zool.), the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]
     Sand myrtle. (Bot.) See under Myrtle.
     Sand partridge (Zool.), either of two small Asiatic
        partridges of the genus Ammoperdix. The wings are long
        and the tarsus is spurless. One species ({Ammoperdix
        Heeji) inhabits Palestine and Arabia. The other species
        ({Ammoperdix Bonhami), inhabiting Central Asia, is called
        also seesee partridge, and teehoo.
     Sand picture, a picture made by putting sand of different
        colors on an adhesive surface.
     Sand pike. (Zool.)
        (a) The sauger.
        (b) The lizard fish.
     Sand pillar, a sand storm which takes the form of a
        whirling pillar in its progress in desert tracts like
        those of the Sahara and Mongolia.
     Sand pipe (Geol.), a tubular cavity, from a few inches to
        several feet in depth, occurring especially in calcareous
        rocks, and often filled with gravel, sand, etc.; -- called
        also sand gall.
     Sand pride (Zool.), a small British lamprey now considered
        to be the young of larger species; -- called also sand
     Sand pump, in artesian well boring, a long, slender bucket
        with a valve at the bottom for raising sand from the well.
     Sand rat (Zool.), the pocket gopher.
     Sand rock, a rock made of cemented sand.
     Sand runner (Zool.), the turnstone.
     Sand saucer (Zool.), the mass of egg capsules, or oothecae,
        of any mollusk of the genus Natica and allied genera. It
        has the shape of a bottomless saucer, and is coated with
        fine sand; -- called also sand collar.
     Sand screw (Zool.), an amphipod crustacean ({Lepidactylis
        arenarius), which burrows in the sandy seabeaches of
        Europe and America.
     Sand shark (Zool.), an American shark ({Odontaspis
        littoralis) found on the sandy coasts of the Eastern
        United States; -- called also gray shark, and dogfish
        shark. See Illust. under Remora.
     Sand skink (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
        lizards belonging to the genus Seps; as, the ocellated
        sand skink ({Seps ocellatus) of Southern Europe.
     Sand skipper (Zool.), a beach flea, or orchestian.
     Sand smelt (Zool.), a silverside.
     Sand snake. (Zool.)
        (a) Any one of several species of harmless burrowing
            snakes of the genus Eryx, native of Southern Europe,
            Africa, and Asia, especially Eryx jaculus of India
            and Eryx Johnii, used by snake charmers.
        (b) Any innocuous South African snake of the genus
            Psammophis, especially Psammophis sibilans.
     Sand snipe (Zool.), the sandpiper.
     Sand star (Zool.), an ophiurioid starfish living on sandy
        sea bottoms; a brittle star.
     Sand storm, a cloud of sand driven violently by the wind.
     Sand sucker, the sandnecker.
     Sand swallow (Zool.), the bank swallow. See under Bank.
     Sand trap, (Golf) a shallow pit on a golf course having a
        layer of sand in it, usually located near a green, and
        designed to function as a hazard, due to the difficulty of
        hitting balls effectively from such a position.
     Sand tube, a tube made of sand. Especially:
        (a) A tube of vitrified sand, produced by a stroke of
            lightning; a fulgurite.
        (b) (Zool.) Any tube made of cemented sand.
        (c) (Zool.) In starfishes, a tube having calcareous
            particles in its wall, which connects the oral water
            tube with the madreporic plate.
     Sand viper. (Zool.) See Hognose snake.
     Sand wasp (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        hymenopterous insects belonging to the families
        Pompilidae and Spheridae, which dig burrows in sand.
        The female provisions the nest with insects or spiders
        which she paralyzes by stinging, and which serve as food
        for her young.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rock \Rock\, n. [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc'h, and AS.
     1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed
        stone or crag. See Stone.
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              Come one, come all! this rock shall fly
              From its firm base as soon as I.      --Sir W.
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     2. (Geol.) Any natural deposit forming a part of the earth's
        crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth,
        clay, etc., when in natural beds.
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     3. That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a
        support; a refuge.
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              The Lord is my rock, and my fortress. --2 Sam. xxii.
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     4. Fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling
        the wreck of a vessel upon a rock.
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     5. (Zool.) The striped bass. See under Bass.
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     Note: This word is frequently used in the formation of
           self-explaining compounds; as, rock-bound, rock-built,
           rock-ribbed, rock-roofed, and the like.
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     Rock alum. [Probably so called by confusion with F. roche a
        rock.] Same as Roche alum.
     Rock+barnacle+(Zool.),+a+barnacle+({Balanus+balanoides">Rock barnacle (Zool.), a barnacle ({Balanus balanoides)
        very abundant on rocks washed by tides.
     Rock bass. (Zool.)
        (a) The stripped bass. See under Bass.
        (b) The goggle-eye.
        (c) The cabrilla. Other species are also locally called
            rock bass.
     Rock builder (Zool.), any species of animal whose remains
        contribute to the formation of rocks, especially the
        corals and Foraminifera.
     Rock butter (Min.), native alum mixed with clay and oxide
        of iron, usually in soft masses of a yellowish white
        color, occuring in cavities and fissures in argillaceous
     Rock candy, a form of candy consisting of crystals of pure
        sugar which are very hard, whence the name.
     Rock cavy. (Zool.) See Moco.
     Rock cod (Zool.)
        (a) A small, often reddish or brown, variety of the cod
            found about rocks andledges.
        (b) A California rockfish.
     Rock cook. (Zool.)
        (a) A European wrasse ({Centrolabrus exoletus).
        (b) A rockling.
     Rock cork (Min.), a variety of asbestus the fibers of which
        are loosely interlaced. It resembles cork in its texture.
     Rock crab (Zool.), any one of several species of large
        crabs of the genus C, as the two species of the New
        England coast ({Cancer irroratus and Cancer borealis).
        See Illust. under Cancer.
     Rock cress (Bot.), a name of several plants of the cress
        kind found on rocks, as Arabis petraea, Arabis lyrata,
     Rock crystal (Min.), limpid quartz. See Quartz, and under
     Rock dove (Zool.), the rock pigeon; -- called also rock
     Rock drill, an implement for drilling holes in rock; esp.,
        a machine impelled by steam or compressed air, for
        drilling holes for blasting, etc.
     Rock duck (Zool.), the harlequin duck.
     Rock eel. (Zool.) See Gunnel.
     Rock goat (Zool.), a wild goat, or ibex.
     Rock hopper (Zool.), a penguin of the genus Catarractes.
        See under Penguin.
     Rock kangaroo. (Zool.) See Kangaroo, and Petrogale.
     Rock lobster (Zool.), any one of several species of large
        spinose lobsters of the genera Panulirus and
        Palinurus. They have no large claws. Called also spiny
        lobster, and sea crayfish.
     Rock meal (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite
        occuring as an efflorescence.
     Rock milk. (Min.) See Agaric mineral, under Agaric.
     Rock moss, a kind of lichen; the cudbear. See Cudbear.
     Rock oil. See Petroleum.
     Rock parrakeet (Zool.), a small Australian parrakeet
        ({Euphema petrophila), which nests in holes among the
        rocks of high cliffs. Its general color is yellowish olive
        green; a frontal band and the outer edge of the wing
        quills are deep blue, and the central tail feathers bluish
     Rock+pigeon+(Zool.),+the+wild+pigeon+({Columba+livia">Rock pigeon (Zool.), the wild pigeon ({Columba livia) Of
        Europe and Asia, from which the domestic pigeon was
        derived. See Illust. under Pigeon.
     Rock pipit. (Zool.) See the Note under Pipit.
     Rock plover. (Zool.)
        (a) The black-bellied, or whistling, plover.
        (b) The rock snipe.
     Rock ptarmigan (Zool.), an arctic American ptarmigan
        ({Lagopus rupestris), which in winter is white, with the
        tail and lores black. In summer the males are grayish
        brown, coarsely vermiculated with black, and have black
        patches on the back.
     Rock rabbit (Zool.), the hyrax. See Cony, and Daman.
     Rock ruby (Min.), a fine reddish variety of garnet.
     Rock salt (Min.), cloride of sodium (common salt) occuring
        in rocklike masses in mines; mineral salt; salt dug from
        the earth. In the United States this name is sometimes
        given to salt in large crystals, formed by evaporation
        from sea water in large basins or cavities.
     Rock seal (Zool.), the harbor seal. See Seal.
     Rock shell (Zool.), any species of Murex, Purpura, and
        allied genera.
     Rock snake (Zool.), any one of several large pythons; as,
        rock+snake+({Python+regia">the royal rock snake ({Python regia) of Africa, and the
        rock+snake+of+India+({Python+molurus">rock snake of India ({Python molurus). The Australian
        rock snakes mostly belong to the allied genus Morelia.
     Rock snipe (Zool.), the purple sandpiper ({Tringa
        maritima); -- called also rock bird, rock plover,
        winter snipe.
     Rock soap (Min.), a kind of clay having a smooth, greasy
        feel, and adhering to the tongue.
     Rock sparrow. (Zool.)
        (a) Any one of several species of Old World sparrows of
            the genus Petronia, as Petronia stulla, of Europe.
        (b) A North American sparrow ({Pucaea ruficeps).
     Rock tar, petroleum.
     Rock thrush (Zool.), any Old World thrush of the genus
        Monticola, or Petrocossyphus; as, the European rock
        thrush ({Monticola saxatilis), and the blue rock thrush
        of India ({Monticola cyaneus), in which the male is blue
     Rock tripe (Bot.), a kind of lichen ({Umbilicaria
        Dillenii) growing on rocks in the northen parts of
        America, and forming broad, flat, coriaceous, dark fuscous
        or blackish expansions. It has been used as food in cases
        of extremity.
     Rock trout (Zool.), any one of several species of marine
        food fishes of the genus Hexagrammus, family Chiradae,
        native of the North Pacific coasts; -- called also sea
        trout, boregat, bodieron, and starling.
     Rock warbler (Zool.), a small Australian singing bird
        ({Origma rubricata) which frequents rocky ravines and
        water courses; -- called also cataract bird.
     Rock wren (Zool.), any one of several species of wrens of
        the genus Salpinctes, native of the arid plains of Lower
        California and Mexico.
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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.
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     3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation
        rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk.
     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) :

  rock pigeon
      n 1: pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from
           which most domestic species are descended [syn: rock
           dove, rock pigeon, Columba livia]

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