The definition of a turtledove is a type of pigeon known for cooing and making a soft purring sound.
An example of a turtledove is the bird in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
- any of several Old World wild doves (esp. genus Streptopelia) noted for their plaintive cooing and the affection that the mates are traditionally thought of as showing toward each other
- mourning dove
Origin of turtledoveMiddle English from Old English turtle, turtla from Classical Latin turtur, of echoic origin, originally
also turtle dove turtle-dove
- A small, slender dove (Streptopelia turtur) of Eurasia and Africa, having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
- Any of several other doves of the genus Streptopelia.
- See mourning dove.
- Alternative spelling of turtle dove.