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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.

References in classic literature ?
He spoke to the sailors, and at the first sound of his dovelike, cooing voice they paused to hear.
John Milton prosecutes a similar approach without falling under suspicion: no one questions the identity of the "heavenly Muse" who "Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dovelike sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss" (Milton 1.
Subsequently, in Milton (31/34:1-3, E 130) "the weak & weary" as "Women & Children" are "taken away on wings / Of dovelike softness," pertinent to the Angel or Cherubim with halo and downy wings full of star-eyes illustrated by Blake for Milton's design in Il Penseroso (146-50), where "dewy-feather'd Sleep" lets some "mysterious dream / Wave at his Wings in Airy stream," and these wings engender a dream "Soft on .