|n.s. [turtle, Saxon; tortorelle, French; tortarella, Italian; turtur, Latin.]|
- 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.
- It is used among sailors and gluttons for a tortoise.