dove

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See also: Dove, dov'è, dové, and døve

English[edit]

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rock dove (Columba livia)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (dove, pigeon), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (dove), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ- (to whisk, smoke, be obscure). Cognate with Scots doo, dow (dove), West Frisian do (dove), Dutch duif (dove, pigeon), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv (dove, pigeon), German Taube (dove, pigeon), Danish due (dove), Swedish duva (dove), Icelandic dúfa (dove), Gothic 𐌳𐌿𐌱𐍉 (dubō).

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Noun[edit]

dove (plural doves)

  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. Term of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
    • Cant. ii. 14
      O my dove, [] let me hear thy voice.
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Etymology 2[edit]

A modern dialectal formation of the strong declension, by analogy with drivedrove and weavewove.

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dove

  1. (chiefly North America and English dialect) Strong-declension simple past tense of dive
    • 2007: Bob Harris, Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing up: A Woefully Incomplete Guide, §: Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire, page 80, ¶ 4 (first edition; Three Rivers Press; ISBN 9780307394361)
      When coffee and cocoa prices unexpectedly dove, Côte d’Ivoire quickly went from Africa’s rich kid to crippling debtitude.
  2. (nonstandard) past participle of dive
Usage notes[edit]
  • See dive for dived vs. dove.

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dove m, f (plural doven)

  1. A deaf person.

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dove

  1. Inflected form of doof

Verb[edit]

dove

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of doven

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian de + ove.[1]

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dove

  1. where
    Lo troverai dove l'hai lasciato. — You'll find it where you left it.

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dove

  1. (interrogative) where, whereabouts
    Dove vai? - Where are you going?
    Dove vivi? - Whereabouts do you live?

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  1. ^ Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951; headword ove

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