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Webster 1913 Edition


Dove

Dove

(dŭv)
,
Noun.
[OE.
dove
,
duve
,
douve
, AS.
dūfe
; akin to OS.
dūba
, D.
duif
, OHG.
tūba
, G.
taube
, Icel.
dūfa
, Sw.
dufva
, Dan.
due
, Goth.
dūbō
; perh. from the root of E.
dive
.]
1.
(Zool.)
A pigeon of the genus
Columba
and various related genera. The species are numerous.
☞ The domestic dove, including the varieties called
fantails
,
tumblers
,
carrier pigeons
, etc., was 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
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. 14.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dove

DOVE

,
Noun.
[G.]
1.
The oenas, or domestic pigeon, a species of Columba. Its color is a deep bluish ash color; the breast is dashed with a fine changeable green and purple; the sides of the neck, with a copper color. In a wild state, it builds its nest in holes of rocks or in hollow trees, but it is easily domesticated, and forms one of the luxuries of the table.
2.
A word of endearment, or an emblem of innocence. Cant. 2:14.

Definition 2023


Dove

Dove

See also: dove, dové, dovê, döve, døve, and dov'è

English

Proper noun

Dove (uncountable)

  1. constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis
  2. river in England, forming the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire

dove

dove

See also: Dove, dové, dovê, döve, døve, and dov'è

English

rock dove (Columba livia)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʌv/
  • Rhymes: -ʌv

Noun

dove (plural doves)

  1. A pigeon, especially one smaller in size; a bird (often arbitrarily called either a pigeon or a dove or both) of more than 300 species of the family Columbidae.
  2. (politics) A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
  3. Term of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
    • Cant. ii. 14
      O my dove, [] let me hear thy voice.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

A modern dialectal formation of the strong conjugation, by analogy with drivedrove and weavewove.

Pronunciation

Alternative forms

Verb

dove

  1. (chiefly Canada, US and English dialect) Strong simple past tense of dive
    • 2007: Bob Harris, Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing up: A Woefully Incomplete Guide, §: Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire, page 80, ¶ 4 (first edition; Three Rivers Press; ISBN 9780307394361)
      When coffee and cocoa prices unexpectedly dove, Côte d’Ivoire quickly went from Africa’s rich kid to crippling debtitude.
  2. (nonstandard) past participle of dive
Usage notes
  • See dive for dived vs. dove.

References


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

dove m, f (plural doven)

  1. A deaf person.

Adjective

dove

  1. Inflected form of doof

Verb

dove

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of doven

Anagrams


Friulian

Etymology

From Latin doga, from Ancient Greek [Term?]. Compare Italian doga, Venetian dova, doa, French douve.

Noun

dove f (plural dovis)

  1. stave

Italian

Etymology

From Latin ubi, or from a strengthening of the older form ove with a prothetic d-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdove/, [ˈd̪oː.ve]
  • Hyphenation: dó‧ve

Conjunction

dove

  1. where
    Lo troverai dove l'hai lasciato. ― You'll find it where you left it.

Derived terms

Adverb

dove

  1. (interrogative) where, whereabouts
    Dove vai? ― Where are you going?
    Dove vivi? ― Whereabouts do you live?

Anagrams


Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

Adjective

dove

  1. neuter singular of doven