An example of a dove is a little white bird with a round body, small head and short legs that makes cooing sounds.
An example of a dove is a congressperson who does not want the U. S. to go to war.
Origin of dove
- Middle English douve from Old English dūfe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (“dove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ- (“to whisk, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Scots doo, dow (“dove”), West Frisian do (“dove”), Dutch duif (“dove, pigeon”), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv (“dove, pigeon”), German Taube (“dove, pigeon”), Danish due (“dove”), Swedish duva (“dove”), Icelandic dúfa (“dove”), Gothic (dubo).