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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turtle-dove tur′tl-duv a genus of Columbidæ, of graceful build, with small head and slender bill, long wings, and long rounded tail, flying swiftly and noiselessly, noted for their beauty of form and colour, their soft cooing, and their affection towards each other and their young.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. turtle; Ger. turtel, Fr. tourtereau, tourterelle; all from the L. name turtur.


In literature:

The turtle-doves can take a taxi.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Turtle-doves, touracoos, thrushes, finches, and other birds of beautiful plumage become numerous.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
For a man who's in love with a turtle dove Ain't got no time to fritter.
"Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp" by Various
They were called the turtle-doves of the Rue de la Curatterie.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
They're sitting there together just like a pair of turtle-doves.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
You are right, replied Sir William; this is indeed my dove, and turtle-dove.
"The Surprising Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars; containing his Life, a Dictionary of the Cant Language, and many Entertaining Particulars of that Extraordinary Man" by Unknown
It is in his little bursts, such as that in the stanza beginning, "O mother turtle dove," that his charm consists.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Turtle-doves aren't in it.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
It would have been such fun to have spied upon the turtle doves!
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
If you are just from the east, you will think that thousands of turtle doves are announcing that spring has come.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
Just within the wood a turtle-dove was cooing.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Early in the season Turtle Doves often collect from the surrounding country at certain spots where their favourite food is abundant.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
We thought you'd be turtle-doving.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Luckily turtle-doves are not so good as pigeons, so it was no great loss.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
She had much to say of dew and roses, turtle-doves and the arrows of Cupid.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
Millions of rams and lambs and turtle-doves must have been killed every year for sacrifices under the Mosaic system.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
Turtle doves flew swiftly past, and high over head hawks and buzzards circled and let themselves be borne by the wind.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
Another letter from our mated turtle doves in Florida.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
On the day of his first visit to Milly he wore a crimson necktie pierced by a scarf-pin bearing a turtle-dove in diamonds.
"The Ancient Law" by Ellen Glasgow
It's the same to her whether we coo like turtle-doves or roar like twenty lions.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith

In poetry:

I saw the deep and gushing love,
That fearful moment started,
That murmur'd like a turtle dove,
To cheating hope departed.
"A Song Of The Olden Time" by James Avis Bartley
The bower where I would wed thee, love,
Should be where the jasmines blow;
Under the wing of the turtle dove,
Would we seal the nuptial vow.
"The Wish" by William Crafts
I am tired of this!
Nothing else but loving!
Nothing else but kiss and kiss,
Coo, and turtle-doving!
Can't you change the order some?
Hate me just a little--come!
"A Variation" by James Whitcomb Riley
"But time will these thoughts remove:
Time doth work what no man knoweth."
'Time doth as the subject prove,
With time still the affection groweth
In the faithful turtle dove.'
"Astrophel And Stella-Eleventh Song" by Sir Philip Sidney
"Her bosom is love's paradise,
There is no heav'n but in her eyes;
She's chaster than the turtle-dove,
And fairer than the queen of love:
Yet all perfections do combine
To beautifie my Valentine.
"To His Fairest Valentine Mrs. A. L." by Richard Lovelace
So let Thy turtle-dove's sad call arise
In doubt and fear
Through darkening skies,
And pierce, O Lord, Thy justly-sealed ear,
Where on the house-top, all night long
She trills her widowed, faltering song.
"Fifth Sunday After Easter - Rogation Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

Lords a-leaping and turtle doves are just not that filling.
This was the first time for me to see a sea turtle and I dove a ship wreck.
Britain's Royal Society for Protection of Birds says the two icons of the Christmas song -- grey partridges and turtle doves -- are in alarming decline .
Partridges and turtle doves in decline in Britain.
Britain's Royal Society for Protection of Birds says the two icons of the Christmas song — grey partridges and turtle doves — are in alarming decline .
Britain's Royal Society for Protection of Birds says the two icons of the Christmas song - grey partridges and turtle doves - are in alarming decline .
The cost of Turtle Doves is going up this year as well as Golden Rings.
Turtle Doves Poisoned by Sunflower Seeds.