Definition of Rock dove

1. Noun. Pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended.

Exact synonyms: Columba Livia, Rock Pigeon
Generic synonyms: Pigeon
Group relationships: Columba, Genus Columba

Definition of Rock dove

1. Noun. A term used for the pigeon species, ''Columba livia''. Over the years both the terms "rock dove" and "rock pigeon" have been used interchangeably for this species. (See the note on the nomenclature of this species: [ ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rock Dove

rock bottom
rock brake
rock bun
rock buns
rock cake
rock candy
rock climber
rock climbing
rock cocaine
rock concert
rock crabs
rock cress
rock crystal
rock dots
rock dove (current term)
rock doves
rock drill
rock elm
rock face
rock faces
rock garden
rock geranium
rock group
rock groups
rock gunnel
rock harlequin
rock hind
rock hopper

Literary usage of Rock dove

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1915)
"That the various fancy races or domesticated forms of the Pigeon, some 200 in all, are descended from one species, the rock dove, Columba domestica, ..."

2. A History of British Birds by William Yarrell, Alfred Newton, Howard Saunders (1884)
"THE rock dove. Columba livia. THE rock dove, as its name implies, is a species which, in its natural and wild state, inhabits rocks whose cavities afford it ..."

3. Savage Survivals by John Howard Moore (1916)
"All varieties of the domesticated pigeon have come "THE HOCK-DOVE" from the rock-dove of Europe. Pigeons mate for life. They are the only monogamous ..."

4. The Natural History of Selborne: With Observations on Various Parts of by Gilbert White (1875)
"The two latter are very nearly allied; hut a very strong distinctive mark is, that the stock-dove is larger than the rock-dove, and the latter is white on ..."

5. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1868)
"The original of all the varieties of the DOMESTIC P. is now almost universally believed to be the ROCK P. or rock dove (C. livia), ..."

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