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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DOVEKIE, n. The black guillemot, Cepphus grylle (Sc. 1835 J. Ross Narrative Second Voyage liv. 693; 1859 F. L. M'Clintock Voyage Fox (1881) 90). Also dovekey (Sc. 1821 A. Fisher Jnl. 27); doveca (Sc. 1823 W. Scoresby Jnl. Whale-Fishery 421). Cf. sea-doo, -dovie, see Sea.

[Dove (from the resemblance to the dove in the great attachment of the male and female) + double dim. -ick, -ie.]

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