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n.s. [turtle, Saxon; tortorelle, French; tortarella, Italian; turtur, Latin.]
  1. A species of dove.

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmens clocks:
    When turtles tread.
    Shak. Love's Lab. Lost.

    We'll teach him to know turtles from jays. Shak.

    Take me an heifer and a turtle dove. Gen. xv. 9.

    Galen propos'd the blood of turtles dropt warm from their wings. Wiseman.

  2. It is used among sailors and gluttons for a tortoise.

Sources: The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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