Re:Laughing Turtle-dove size

Subject: Re:Laughing Turtle-dove size
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 10:53:16 +1000 (EST)
On Tue, 21 Aug 2001, Syd Curtis wrote:
> Anyone know the origin of the name "Turtle-dove"?

According to the concise OED it is nothing to do with the reptiles,
it is from the Latin turtur.  The Latin is presumably onomatopoeic.

[ and if you find etymology and dictionaries interesting - I can
recommend "The Surgeon of Crowthorne" by Simon WinChester ]

Andrew Taylor

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