- 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: Middle English from Old English turtle, turtla from Classical Latin turtur, of echoic origin, originally
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- A small, slender European dove (Streptopelia turtur) having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
- See mourning dove.