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Meaning of DOVE

Pronunciation:  duv, duv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of numerous small pigeons
  2. [n]  an emblem of peace
  3. [n]  flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
  4. [n]  a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
  5. [n]  someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations

DOVE is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: Columba, peacenik, squab
 Antonyms: hawk, war hawk
 See Also: allegory, Australian turtledove, constellation, disarmer, domestic pigeon, emblem, mourning dove, pacificist, pacifist, pigeon, poultry, Stictopelia cuneata, turtledove, Zenaidura macroura



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dove\, n. [OE. dove, duve, douve, AS. d?fe; akin to OS.
d?ba, D. duif, OHG. t?ba, G. taube, Icel. d?fa, Sw. dufva,
Dan. due, Goth. d?b?; perh. from the root of E. dive.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A pigeon of the genus {Columba} and various
   related genera. The species are numerous.

Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called
      {fantails}, {tumblers}, {carrier pigeons}, etc., was
      derived from the {rock pigeon} ({Columba livia}) of
      Europe and Asia; the {turtledove} of Europe, celebrated
      for its sweet, plaintive note, is {C. turtur} or
      {Turtur vulgaris}; the {ringdove}, the largest of
      European species, is {C. palumbus}; the {Carolina
      dove}, or {Mourning dove}, is {Zenaidura macroura}; the
      {sea dove} is the little auk ({Mergulus alle} or {Alle
      alle}). See {Turtledove}, {Ground dove}, and {Rock
      pigeon}. The dove is a symbol of innocence, gentleness,
      and affection; also, in art and in the Scriptures, the
      typical symbol of the Holy Ghost.

2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.

         O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii.

{Dove tick} (Zo["o]l.), a mite ({Argas reflexus}) which
   infests doves and other birds.

{Soiled dove}, a prostitute. [Slang]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing doves in your dream, symbolizes peace, tranquility, harmony, and innocence. In particular, to see white doves in your dream, symbolizes loyalty and friendships. It may also represent a message and blessing from the Holy Spirit. You have let go of your thoughts of hate and revenge. Dreaming that doves are mating and building a nest, symbolizes a joyous home life filled with tranquility, pleasure and obedient children.
Easton Bible Dictionary

In their wild state doves generally build their nests in the clefts of rocks, but when domesticated "dove-cots" are prepared for them (Cant. 2:14; Jer. 48:28; Isa. 60:8). The dove was placed on the standards of the Assyrians and Babylonians in honour, it is supposed, of Semiramis (Jer. 25:38; Vulg., "fierceness of the dove;" comp. Jer. 46:16; 50:16). Doves and turtle-doves were the only birds that could be offered in sacrifice, as they were clean according to the Mosaic law (Ge. 15:9; Lev. 5:7; 12:6; Luke 2:24). The dove was the harbinger of peace to Noah (Gen. 8:8, 10). It is often mentioned as the emblem of purity (Ps. 68:13). It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32); also of tender and devoted affection (Cant. 1:15; 2:14). David in his distress wished that he had the wings of a dove, that he might fly away and be at rest (Ps. 55:6-8). There is a species of dove found at Damascus "whose feathers, all except the wings, are literally as yellow as gold" (68:13).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: angel, avifauna, babe, baby bird, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno, bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey, birdie, birdlife, birdy, cage bird, chick, child, child of nature, conchie, conscientious objector, cygnet, diving bird, dupe, eagle, eaglet, fish-eating bird, fledgling, flightless bird, fowl, fruit-eating bird, fulmar, game bird, hick, infant, ingenue, innocent, insect-eating bird, lamb, lout, mere child, migrant, migratory bird, nestling, newborn babe, noble savage, oaf, oscine bird, owl, pacificator, pacificist, pacifist, passerine bird, peace lover, peacemaker, peacemonger, peacenik, peacock, peafowl, peahen, perching bird, pigeon, ratite, rube, sea bird, seed-eating bird, shore bird, simple soul, songbird, squab, storm petrel, stormy petrel, swan, unsophisticate, wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl, wildfowl, yokel