mourning dove definition

  • noun:
    • A grayish-brown, swift-flying crazy dove (Zenaidura macroura) of united states, noted because of its mournful telephone call. Also referred to as turtledove.
    • A grey-coloured dove, Zenaida macroura, that features a mournful telephone call, native to the united states
    • the normal American or Carolina turtle-dove, Zenaidura carolinensis: so named from its plaintive cooing. See cut-under dove.
    • crazy dove associated with united states of america having a mournful call
  • adjective:
    • a wild dove (Zenaidura macroura) discovered through the US; -- so named from its plaintive note. Called additionally Carolina dove. See Illust. under Dove.

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