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Dove. n.s. [duvo, old Teutonick; taub, daub, German.]

  1. A wild pigeon.

    So shews a snowy dove trooping with crows,
    As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
    Sh. Rom. and Juliet.

    Say, will the falcon, stooping from above,
    Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove?

    Not half so swift the trembling doves can fly,
    When the fierce eagle cleaves the liquid sky;
    Not half so swiftly the fierce eagle moves,
    When through the skies he drives the trembling doves.

  2. A pigeon.

    I have here a dish of doves, that I will bestow upon your worship. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

Sources: Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46)

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