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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English culver, from Old English culufre, culfre, culfer, borrowed from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin (diminutive) columbula (little pigeon), from Latin columba (pigeon, dove).


culver (plural culvers)

  1. (now Britain, south and east dialectal or poetic) A dove or pigeon, now specifically of the species Columba palumbus.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      Had he so doen, he had him snatcht away, / More light then Culuer in the Faulcons fist.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      The palsie plagues my pulses
      when I prigg yoͬ: piggs or pullen
      your culuers take, or matchles make
      your Chanticleare or sullen
    • 1885, The book of the thousand nights and a night Vol. 5, Richard Burton:
      a culver of the forest, that is to say, a wood-pigeon.

Etymology 2[edit]

From culverin.


culver (plural culvers)

  1. A culverin, a kind of handgun or cannon.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Falcon and culver on each tower / Stood prompt their deadly hail to shower.