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Topic: BIRDS

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: turtle 'turtledove' (10-19 centuries) (from Latin turtur, from the sound it makes) + dove

turtledove

noun
     
tur‧tle‧dove [countable]
HBB a type of bird that makes a pleasant soft sound and is sometimes used to represent love
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