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(also dovecot)
  • A shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons.

    ‘Town clerk Graham Gittins said Chester City Council had halved the city's pigeon flock by introducing dovecotes in strategic areas and attracting birds to roost in them by providing food.’
    • ‘We sat on the village bench, pulled on our boots, speculated on how many of the pretty sandstone houses were holiday cottages and eventually realised that the immobile pigeon in a dovecote was not alive, but not dead either.’
    • ‘The council is also launching a leaflet campaign to aimed at people who feed the birds on a regular basis, asking them to feed the pigeons at the dovecote.’
    • ‘He has just spent the evening opening up the three of the six holes in their dovecote that were previously blanked off to make more room.’
    • ‘They live with his parrots and pigeons in a dovecote.’
    • ‘The nearby dovecote is unusually capacious, with 1,380 nesting holes.’
    • ‘So theft could not apply to pigeons that are flying in the air, but it may apply to pigeons in a dovecote.’
    • ‘Doocots, or dovecots, were built for pigeons or doves to nest in.’
    • ‘He said one suggestion made to the town council, and apparently successful in other towns, was to erect dovecotes to attract the birds, give them feed containing a contraceptive and have their eggs removed regularly.’
    • ‘At the back, a private garden for the residents, complete with sun room, summer house, duck-pen and dovecotes, as well as several bird-tables, the largest shaped like an old schoolhouse.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday the council's town development committee voted to put aside £10,000 in next year's budget to provide dovecotes in the hope of coaxing the birds away from the town centre.’
    • ‘A review of where dovecotes and designated feeding areas could be located in the town should get under way by mid-July, with egg removal or egg-oiling methods used to control the population.’
    • ‘Then passed 12 years of me gazing longingly at dovecotes in stately home gardens, and becoming increasingly fascinated by the metaphorical possibilities of dovecotes in my soul.’
    • ‘He wanted to restore the elegant dovecote, which has 880 nesting boxes in 16 tiers, and turn it into a versatile glass-and-steel living space with a glazed extension, without losing the integrity of the original building.’
    • ‘Some nominations are illustrated here, and other examples range from a dovecote complete with nesting boxes in an old barn at Askham Richard, a community hall at Nether Poppleton and the butchers' shop at Bishopthorpe.’
    • ‘The new doves were allowed to fly for the first time today (they have to be kept in an aviary over their dovecote for the first few weeks to develop/re-set their sense of ‘home’).’
    • ‘As finance minister under hiss leadership he had the ‘modernising government’ brief as well, and began to ruffle many feathers in the bureaucratic dovecote.’
    • ‘By the barn pond, a Scandinavian-looking dovecote stands starkly above the water, complete with two carved wooden doves.’
    • ‘One remedy being considered is the provision of a dovecote where controlled feeding could take place.’
    • ‘Sheltered from the wind, our table overlooked the renovated ‘lake’ and active dovecote.’



/ˈdəvˌkōt/ /ˈdəvˌkoʊt/