American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
Were clean according to the Mosaic ritual, and were offered in sacrifice, especially by the poor, Genesis 15:9 Leviticus 5:7 12:6-8 Luke 2:24 . Several kinds of doves or pigeons frequented the Holy Land; and the immense flocks of them sometimes witnessed illustrate a passage in Isaiah 60:8 . They are symbols of simplicity, innocence, and fidelity, Hosea 7:11 Matthew 10:16 . The dove was the chosen harbinger of God's returning favor after the flood, Genesis 8:1-22 , and was honored as an emblem of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 3:16 . See TURTLEDOVE.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Doves'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/d/doves.html. 1859.