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DOVE. The name of a well known bird.
     2. Doves are animals ferae naturae, and not the subject of larceny, unless they are in the owner's custody; as, for example, in a dove-house, or when in the nest before they can fly. 9 Pick. 15. See Whelp.

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15) is thyn eyen columbyn 'your dovelike eyes' in Januarie's address to May (Merchant's Tale 2141).