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  Dictionary Definition of dove

dove
noun
1. any bird of the pigeon family Columbidae, as the native peaceful dove, Geopelia striata, a blue-grey bird with bars and scallops of black, or the introduced spotted turtledove, Steptophelia chinensis.
2. (in literature) this bird as the symbol of innocence, gentleness, tenderness and peace.
3. ( cap. ) the Holy Ghost.
4. an innocent, gentle, or tender person.
5. a politician or political adviser who favours conciliatory policies as a solution to armed conflict (opposed to hawk ).
6. Colloquial a term of endearment.
[ME; OE dufe-, c. D duif, G Taube, Icel. dufa, Goth. dubo dove, lit., diver; akin to DIVE, verb ]