Turtur albiventris
Turtledove Tur"tle*dove`, n. [See 1ts {Turtle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of pigeons belonging to {Turtur} and allied genera, native of various parts of the Old World; especially, the common European species ({Turtur vulgaris}), which is noted for its plaintive note, affectionate disposition, and devotion to its mate. [1913 Webster]

Note: The South African turtledove ({Turtur albiventris}), and the ashy turtledove of India ({Turtur rubicolus}), are similar to the European species in their habits. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of pigeons more or less resembling the true turtledoves, as the American mourning dove (see under {Dove}), and the Australian turtledove ({Stictopelia cuneata}). [1913 Webster]

Note: The turtledove of the Scriptures is probably Turtur risorius, a species which is still plentiful in Egypt and other Eastern countries. It is closely allied to the European turtledove. [1913 Webster]


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