rock dove
noun Date: 1655 a bluish-gray dove (Columba livia) that is indigenous to Eurasia but has been widely established elsewhere including most of North America and that is the ancestor of many domesticated pigeons and of the feral pigeons found in cities and towns throughout most of the world — called also rock pigeon

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  • Rock dove — 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 dove — rock′ dove n. orn a Eurasian pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed: feral populations now established throughout the world Also called rock pigeon Etymology: 1645–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • rock dove — n. the European wild pigeon (Columba livia) from which most domestic varieties are derived: now widespread in most cities of the Northern Hemisphere …   English World dictionary

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

  • Rock Dove — uolinis karvelis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Columba livia angl. Rock Dove vok. Felsentaube ryšiai: sinonimas – naminis karvelis …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • rock dove — uolinis karvelis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Columba livia angl. rock dove vok. Felsentaube, f rus. сизый голубь, m pranc. pigeon biset, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrieji karveliai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • rock dove — a European pigeon, Columba livia, from which most domestic pigeons have been developed. Also called rock pigeon. [1645 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • rock dove — noun /rɒk dɔv/ A term used of the pigeon species Columba livia. Currently, term rock pigeon is preferred …   Wiktionary

  • rock dove — type of bird, type of pigeon …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rock dove — noun a mainly blue grey pigeon of coastal and inland cliffs, the ancestor of domestic and feral pigeons. [Columba livia.] …   English new terms dictionary

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