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Definition of the noun dove

What does dove mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: doves

  1. any of numerous small pigeons
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: pigeon = wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
    • more specific terms:
    • young animal: chick
    • female animal: hen
    • male animal: cock
    • collective noun: arc / cote / dole (fanciful) / dule (fanciful) / flight / piteousness (fanciful) / pitying
    • collateral adjective: columbine
  2. someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
  3. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
  4. flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of dove: squab
    • more generic word: poultry = flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
    • part of: domestic pigeon = domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
  5. an emblem of peace

Alternative definition of the noun dove


  1. A pigeon, especially one smaller in size; a bird (often arbitrarily called either a pigeon or a dove or both) of more than 300 species of the family Columbidae.
  2. [politics] A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
  3. [engineering] Dove, a engineering reference point in a computer program that will cause some type of default action to occur.


  1. Dove is a personal care brand owned by Unilever. Dove products are manufactured in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and United States. The products are sold in more than 80 countries and are offered for both women and men.
  2. Dove is a brand of chocolate made and marketed by the Mars company. Dove produces a wide range of chocolate, including milk chocolate, caramel, fruit and nut varieties, truffle and chocolate pieces with a folded milk chocolate center.
  3. DOVe is a record label.


Who is Dove?

Dove a.k.a. Davina Smith is an actress.


  1. Dove is a musical group.
    • albums: "Dove", "Floor / Dove"
  2. Dove is a musical group.
    • album: "Pessimistic Tourist"

There are other groups with in their name, like Dove's, One Dove, Power Dove, power-dove, The Dove Shack, Niki & the Dove, Niki and the Dove, Lonesome Dove Woodrows and The Dove Brothers Quartet.


Dove is a fictional character from the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.


"Dove" is a novel written by Robin Lee Graham and Derek Gill.


"Dove" a.k.a. "The Dove" is a 1974 American biographical film directed by Charles Jarrott. The picture was produced by Gregory Peck, the third and last feature film he would produce.


  1. "Dove" is a 2008 studio album by Aska Yang.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  2. "Dove" is a musical album of Floor.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  3. "Dove" is a musical album of Lisbeth Scott.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  4. "Dove" is a musical album of Dove.


  1. Dove is a drinking establishment.
    • also known as The Dove, The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen
    • part of United Kingdom
  2. Dove is a drinking establishment.

There are other foods with Dove in their name, like Dove Bar, DOVE Dark Chocolate, Dove Milk Chocolate Bar.


  1. Dove a.k.a. de Havilland Dove: The de Havilland DH.104 Dove is a British short-haul airliner developed and manufactured by de Havilland. It is a monoplane successor to the prewar de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane. The design came about from the Brabazon Committee report which, amongst other aircraft types, called for a British-designed short-haul feeder for airlines.
  2. Dove is a small lunar crater that is located in the rugged lunar highlands in the southeastern part of the Moon. It lies to the north of the prominent crater Pitiscus.
    • also known as داو
  3. Dove: The steamboat Dove operated in the late 1890s and early 1900s as part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet and also for a time on Grays Harbor. She was later converted into a tug.

Phrases with Dove

Phrases starting with the word Dove:

  1. Dove Grey
  2. Dove Weed

Phrases ending with the word Dove:

  1. Inca dove
  2. Ring Dove
  3. rock dove
  4. Rock-Dove
  5. Black Dove
  6. Eared Dove
  7. Fruit dove
  8. Lemon Dove
  9. Quail-dove
  10. stock dove
  11. Zebra Dove
  12. Azuero Dove
  13. Barred Dove
  14. Cuckoo-Dove
  15. Pallid Dove
  16. Ringed Dove
  17. Tolima Dove
  18. Turtle Dove

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dove

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Google previewThe Victoria herald, a magazine for the people (1865)

The Hock Dove frequents the rocks near the sea, and the Turtle Dove is a summer visitant of the woods, and frequents only certain localities. The Eing Dove is the largest of the order, and is known by the circle of white feathers round its neck.

Google previewA Body of Practical Divinity (1833)

In a Series of Sermons on the Shorter Catechism Composed by the Reverend Assembly of Divines at Westminster : to which are Appended, Select Sermons on Various Subjects; Including the Art of Divine Contentment; and Christ's Various Fulness by Thomas Watson

The dove is an excellent creature; it was so acceptable, that in the old law, God would...

The dove is the emblem of meekness.

the boar its tusk, the stag its horns, but the dove is a most harmless creature, it hath nothing wherewith to offend : thus we should be as doves for harmlessness, we should not do wrong to others, ...

Google previewChristian Treasury (1870)

Because the dove is a fearfull bird, and soon scarred [frightened], (Hosea xi. 11), They...

The dove is a mournfull bird; so are the doves of Christ mourning, and in tears (Zek. 16).

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Chickaree - crabs (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

Due to its short incubation and fledging periods the collared dove can raise up to six broods each year. COLOBUS MONKEY Red colobus monkeys favor moist, evergreen forests situated ...

Google previewTheological Dictionary of the Old Testament (1990)

by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren

4g Like anything that flies, the dove could be looked on as a soul-bird, the form taken by...

The dove had special significance in connection with the enthronement of Osiris and Horus .

Google previewMini Music Guides: Rhyming Dictionary (2013)

All the Essential Words in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by Kevin Mitchell

tout trout wash-out worn-out Above dove glove ladylove love mourning dove of shove turtle dove Absolute (see Cute) Abstract (see Act) Absurd bird blackbird bluebird curd heard herd hummingbird ladybird mockingbird overheard third word ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 9: Literature by M. Thomas Inge

Dove include a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities and from the Ohio Arts Council. Dove has taught English at Arizona State University and is currently Commonwealth ...

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Quotes about Dove

How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol How about the pillow It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn't have that dangerous beak. (Jack Handey)
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Scrabble value of D2O1V4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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