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

n 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

n flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled

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flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food

n someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations

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

n an emblem of peace

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allegory, emblem
a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

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