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 for dove
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dive \Dive\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived, colloq. Dove, a
     relic of the AS. strong forms de['a]f, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Diving.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. d?fan to sink, v. t., fr.
     d?fan, v. i.; akin to Icel. d?fa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep,
     and perh. to dove, n. Cf. Dip.]
     1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body
        under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.
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              It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men
              have dived for them.                  --Whately.
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     Note: The colloquial form dove is common in the United States
           as an imperfect tense form.
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                 All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous
                 splash.                            --Dr. Hayes.
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                 When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and
                 left the young bird sitting in the water. --J.
                                                    Burroughs.
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     2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject,
        question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.
        --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
     1. (Zool.) A pigeon of the genus Columba and various
        related genera. The species are numerous.
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     Note: The domestic dove, including the varieties called
           fantails, tumblers, carrier pigeons, etc., was
           rock+pigeon+({Columba+livia">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">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.
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     2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
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              O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice. --Cant. ii.
                                                    14.
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     3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation
        rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk.
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     Dove+tick+(Zool.),+a+mite+({Argas+reflexus">Dove tick (Zool.), a mite ({Argas reflexus) which infests
        doves and other birds.
  
     Soiled dove, a prostitute. [Slang] Dovecot

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dove
      n 1: any of numerous small pigeons
      2: someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the
         conduct of foreign relations [syn: dove, peacenik] [ant:
         hawk, war hawk]
      3: a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and
         Caelum [syn: Columba, Dove]
      4: flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of
         a dove (young squab) may be broiled [syn: squab, dove]
      5: an emblem of peace

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "dove":
     angel, avifauna, babe, baby bird, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno,
     bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey,
     birdie, birdlife, birdy, cage bird, chick, child, child of nature,
     conchie, conscientious objector, cygnet, diving bird, dupe, eagle,
     eaglet, fish-eating bird, fledgling, flightless bird, fowl,
     fruit-eating bird, fulmar, game bird, hick, infant, ingenue,
     innocent, insect-eating bird, lamb, lout, mere child, migrant,
     migratory bird, nestling, newborn babe, noble savage, oaf,
     oscine bird, owl, pacificator, pacificist, pacifist,
     passerine bird, peace lover, peacemaker, peacemonger, peacenik,
     peacock, peafowl, peahen, perching bird, pigeon, ratite, rube,
     sea bird, seed-eating bird, shore bird, simple soul, songbird,
     squab, storm petrel, stormy petrel, swan, unsophisticate,
     wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl, wildfowl, yokel
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Dove
     In their wild state doves generally build their nests in the
     clefts of rocks, but when domesticated "dove-cots" are prepared
     for them (Cant. 2:14; Jer. 48:28; Isa. 60:8). The dove was
     placed on the standards of the Assyrians and Babylonians in
     honour, it is supposed, of Semiramis (Jer. 25:38; Vulg.,
     "fierceness of the dove;" comp. Jer. 46:16; 50:16). Doves and
     turtle-doves were the only birds that could be offered in
     sacrifice, as they were clean according to the Mosaic law (Ge.
     15:9; Lev. 5:7; 12:6; Luke 2:24). The dove was the harbinger of
     peace to Noah (Gen. 8:8, 10). It is often mentioned as the
     emblem of purity (Ps. 68:13). It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit
     (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32); also of
     tender and devoted affection (Cant. 1:15; 2:14). David in his
     distress wished that he had the wings of a dove, that he might
     fly away and be at rest (Ps. 55:6-8). There is a species of dove
     found at Damascus "whose feathers, all except the wings, are
     literally as yellow as gold" (68:13).
     

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