Dictionary > Dove

Dove

Dove
1. (Science: zoology) 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 c. Turtur or Turtur vulgaris; the ringdove, the largest of European species, is c. 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 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.
(Science: zoology) 14) dove tick, a mite (Argas reflexus) which infests doves and other birds. Soiled dove, a prostitute.
Origin: oe. Dove, duve, douve, as. Dfe; akin to os. Dba, D. Duif, OHG. Tba, g. Taube, Icel. Dfa, Sw. Dufva, dan. Due, goth. Db; perh. From the root of E. Dive.


You will also like...

Adaptation Tutorial
Adaptation Tutorial

Adaptation, in biology and ecology, refers to the process or trait through which organisms or the populations in a habit..

primitive arthropods
Arthropods

The arthropods were assumed to be the first taxon of species to possess jointed limbs and exoskeleton, exhibit more adva..

Genetics – Lesson Outline & Worksheets
Genetics – Lesson Outline & Worksheets

  Topics Modules Quizzes/Worksheets Description Introduction to Genetics Genetics – Definition: Heredity and ..

Cells in different stages of meiosis
Meiosis – The Genetics of Reproduction

Meiosis is a form of cell division that creates gametes. It is comprised of two divisions that in the end, the resulting..

Control of body movement
Control of Body Movement

Some of the body movements can be controlled at will, others cannot. The body has a motor program, which is the pattern ..

Body temperature regulation by the hypothalamus
Temperature Regulation in Animals

This tutorial elucidates body temperature regulation. Know the details here to learn how the body sets the body temperat..