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The dictionary says "turtledove" is a type of pigeon. Then what does she mean by "my turtledove"?

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Rebecca

You are correct! The turtledove is a type of pigeon. However, it is a bird species known for having strong, affectionate bonds with its mates. It has been a symbol of love and devotion in literature for many years, which is why "my turtledove" was also used in the past as a pet name meaning "sweetheart" or "beloved mate.” Nowadays, this name has become a bit outdated and isn't really used anymore.

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