The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rotche \Rotche\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A very small arctic sea bird ( Mergulus alle, or Alle alle) common on both coasts of the Atlantic in winter; -- called also little auk, dovekie, rotch, rotchie, and sea dove.
Dove \Dove\ (d[u^]v), n. [OE. dove, duve, douve, AS. d[=u]fe; akin to OS. d[=u]ba, D. duif, OHG. t[=u]ba, G. taube, Icel. d[=u]fa, Sw. dufva, Dan. due, Goth. d[=u]b[=o]; perh. from the root of E. dive.]
(Zo["o]l.) A pigeon of the genus Columba and various related genera. The species are numerous.
Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called fantails, tumblers, carrier pigeons, etc., was derived from the rock pigeon ( Columba livia) of Europe and Asia; the turtledove of Europe, celebrated for its sweet, plaintive note, is Columba turtur or Turtur vulgaris; the ringdove, the largest of European species, is Columba palumbus; the Carolina dove, or Mourning dove, is Zenaidura macroura; the sea dove is the little auk ( Mergulus alle or Alle alle). See Turtledove, Ground dove, and Rock pigeon. The dove is a symbol of peace, innocence, gentleness, and affection; also, in art and in the Scriptures, the typical symbol of the Holy Ghost.
A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice.
--Cant. ii. 14.
a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk.
Dove tick (Zo["o]l.), a mite ( Argas reflexus) which infests doves and other birds.
Soiled dove, a prostitute. [Slang]
n. A bird, the little auk.