Pigeons

Doves and Pigeons and Dodos, Oh My

23 days ago   |   By Ornithology

I was listening to A
Way with Words podcast the other day, the discussion being about horses being named for their color - palomino, sorrel, bay, etc. I learned that the word palomino comes from the early 20th century Spanish palomino
‘young pigeon', from Latin palumbinus ‘resembling a dove'. The name pigeon comes from late Middle English from Old French pijon , denoting a young bird, especially a young dove, from an alteration of late Latin pipio ,
‘young cheeping bird'.
Dove comes from Middle English dove, douve, duve , from
Old English dūfe , from Proto-Germanic dūbǭ
, meaning to dive...
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