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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dove  \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. 




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