A plump white or gray bird that makes a cooing sound is a dove. In both religious and secular contexts, doves are often used to symbolize peace.

Doves and pigeons are closely related, and the two names are often used interchangeably. These round, short-necked birds live almost everywhere on the earth, with the exception of Antarctica, the highest elevations of the Arctic, and the Sahara Desert. In politics, a person whose priority is advocating for peaceful solutions is often referred to as a dove.

Definitions of dove
  1. noun
    any of numerous small pigeons
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    any of several Old World wild doves
    Australian turtledove, Stictopelia cuneata, turtledove
    small Australian dove
    Zenaidura macroura, mourning dove
    wild dove of the United States having a mournful call
    Streptopelia turtur
    the common European wild dove noted for its plaintive cooing
    Streptopelia risoria, ringdove
    greyish Old World turtledove with a black band around the neck; often caged
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    wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
  2. noun
    flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
    synonyms: squab
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    flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
  3. noun
    someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
    synonyms: peacenik
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    hawk, war hawk
    an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations
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    disarmer, pacificist, pacifist
    someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
  4. noun
    an emblem of peace
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    allegory, emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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