Turtledove meaning

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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."

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A small, slender dove (Streptopelia turtur) of Eurasia and Africa, having a white-edged tail and a soft purring voice.
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Any of several other doves of the genus Streptopelia.
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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.
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Alternative spelling of turtle dove.
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