a small auk (Alle alle) of the Arctic and N Atlantic coasts
Origin of dovekiedove + -kie, key, diminutive suffix
A small black-and-white seabird (Alle alle) of the Arctic and northern Atlantic Oceans, having a short bill and a stout body. Also called little auk.
Origin of dovekieDiminutive of dove1.
From dove + -ock + -ie, a double diminutive.