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A dovecote (sense 1) with birds.

From dove +‎ cote.





dovecote (plural dovecotes)

  1. A small house or box, often raised to a considerable height above the ground, and having compartments (pigeonholes), in which domestic pigeons breed; a dove house.
    Synonyms: columbarium, (Scotland) doocot, dovehouse, pigeon loft
    • c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene vi], page 30:
      If you haue writ your Annales true, 'tis there, / That like an Eagle in a Doue-cote, I / Flutter'd your Volcians in Corioles.
    • 2003, Peter Ackroyd, The Clerkenwell Tales, page 2:
      she could see the malt-house with its dovecote
  2. (historical) In medieval Europe, a round or square structure of stone or wood, free-standing or built into a tower, in which pigeons were kept.

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