rock pigeon

rock pigeon
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. (Zo["o]l.) A pigeon of the genus {Columba} and various related genera. The species are numerous. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle. [1913 Webster]

O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii. 14. [1913 Webster]

3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of {hawk}. [PJC]

{Dove tick} (Zo["o]l.), a mite ({Argas reflexus}) which infests doves and other birds.

{Soiled dove}, a prostitute. [Slang]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Rock pigeon — Rock Rock, n. [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc h, and AS. rocc.] 1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See {Stone}. [1913 Webster] Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I. Sir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock pigeon — n. ROCK DOVE * * * …   Universalium

  • rock pigeon — n. ROCK DOVE …   English World dictionary

  • Rock Pigeon — For other uses, see Rock Pigeon (disambiguation). Rock Pigeon Adult C. l. intermedia in India Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • rock pigeon — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock pigeon — rock′ pi geon n. orn rock dove • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • rock pigeon — noun pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black striped wings from which most domestic species are descended • Syn: ↑rock dove, ↑Columba livia • Hypernyms: ↑pigeon • Member Holonyms: ↑Columba, ↑genus Columba …   Useful english dictionary

  • rock pigeon — noun a) A species of pigeon, Columba livia. b) A term used in Australia to refer to the native bronzewing pigeons, or bronzewings …   Wiktionary

  • rock pigeon — noun Date: 1611 rock dove …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rock pigeon. — See rock dove. [1605 15] * * * …   Universalium

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