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dove

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dive \Dive\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Dived}, colloq. {Dove}, a relic of the AS. strong forms de['a]f, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diving}.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. d?fan to sink, verb (used with an object), fr. d?fan, verb (used without an object); akin to Icel. d?fa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep, and perh. to dove, noun Cf. {Dip}.]

1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.

It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them. --Whately.

Note: The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form.

All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous splash. --Dr. Hayes.

When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and left the young bird sitting in the water. --J. Burroughs.

2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore. --South.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dove \Dove\ (d[u^]v), noun [OE. dove, duve, douve, AS. d[=u]fe; akin to OS. d[=u]ba, D. duif, OHG. t[=u]ba, G. taube, Icel. d[=u]fa, Sw. dufva, Dan. due, Goth. d[=u]b[=o]; perh. from the root of E. dive.]

1. (Zool.) 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 {Columba turtur} or {Turtur vulgaris}; the {ringdove}, the largest of European species, is {Columba 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 peace, 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. 14.

3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of {hawk}. [PJC]

{Dove tick} (Zool.), a mite ({Argas reflexus}) which infests doves and other birds.

{Soiled dove}, a prostitute. [Slang] Dovecot

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

dove

noun

1: any of numerous small pigeons

2: someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations [syn: {dove}, {peacenik}] [ant: {hawk}, {war hawk}]

3: a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum [syn: {Columba}, {Dove}]

4: flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled [syn: {squab}, {dove}]

5: an emblem of peace

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