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Definition: mourning dove
n : wild dove of the United States having a mournful call [syn:
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Definition: Mourning dove
1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
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.
(Bot.), a garden flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea
) with dark purple or crimson flowers in
(Zo["o]l.), a wild dove (Zenaidura macroura
) found throughout the United States; -- so named
from its plaintive note. Called also Carolina dove
Illust. under Dove
(Zo["o]l.), an American ground warbler
). 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.
(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. (Zo["o]l.) A pigeon of the genus Columba
related genera. The species are numerous.
Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called
, carrier pigeons
, etc., was
derived from the rock pigeon
Europe and Asia; the turtledove
of Europe, celebrated
for its sweet, plaintive note, is Columba turtur
; the ringdove
, the largest of
European species, is Columba palumbus
; the Carolina dove
, or Mourning dove
, is Zenaidura macroura
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.
2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii.
3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation
rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk
(Zo["o]l.), a mite (Argas reflexus
infests doves and other birds.
, a prostitute. [Slang]