turtle dove

turtle dove
noun a small dove with a soft purring call, noted for the apparent affection shown for its mate. [Streptopelia turtur and related species.]
Origin
ME: turtle from OE turtla, turtle 'turtle dove' (from L. turtur, of imitative origin).

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