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Meaning of turtledove

tur•tle•dove

Pronunciation: (tûr'tl-duv"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several small to medium-sized Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, esp. S. turtur, of Europe, having a long, graduated tail: noted for its soft, cooing call.
  2. See
  3. a sweetheart or beloved mate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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