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鸽子 is used interchangeably for both dove and pigeon.

How to differentiate between the both of them in Chinese?

Even 白鸽 which I would totally imagine would mean dove, both ABC and KEY just define it as:

pigeon

Any ideas?

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    looked at Wikipedia? pigeon zh.wikipedia.org ;英语中pigeons和doves的分别;pigeons和dove的中文都是鸽,基本上,较小的鸽叫dove,较大的鸽叫pigeon。但并没有严谨的分类标准[1].... – user6065 Apr 12 '15 at 11:31
  • How does that even remotely address the question? – user3306356 Apr 12 '15 at 15:31
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    It's relevant because it basically says that even in English the two terms are not reliably distinguished, so it's unlikely that you'd find the same distinction in another language. – Claw Apr 12 '15 at 16:27
  • Thanks a lot. 好象是相关的,根据网站的规则评论未必对问题提供回答,任何使用者总会给讨厌的评论扣分。反正维基百科的文章证实问题所提出属于英文特殊情况。另外该文章说明pigeon和dove之间的差别限制于大小不同。It seemed relevant, according to site rules comments need/should not answer questions, also comments are not necessarily addressed to OP but to any user.引用文章"基本上,较小的鸽叫dove,较大的鸽叫pigeon就是说 "dove/pigeon 分别意味着"较小/较大的鸽。According to the cited article the difference between the two is their size which can be expressed verbally. – user6065 Apr 12 '15 at 17:17
  • 很可能有使用者对评论鲁莽不够礼貌的方式有意见。毫无疑问,想加评论的使用者理应当心自己的措辞, there may well be users objecting to the abrupt manner of the comment in question, undoubtedly users making comments should choose their words carefully. – user6065 Apr 13 '15 at 8:16
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I think most people distingish them these way:

Pigeon - 鸽子 - larger in size and not necessary white
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Dove - 白鸽 - smaller in size and mostly white
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Although some may disagree as these 2 terms are interchangable in most situation / definition.

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Can I have a question? What are the terms ABC and KEY?

Most countries define the pigeon and dove's difference is gray and white. As to me a Chinese too. I don't know why Americans like to use dove in the love poems and songs, and A dove usually is white. AS a Chinese, We commonly use words 鸽子,白鸽,灰鸽,信鸽,家鸽,原鸽 鸽属 mail pigeon, domestic pigeon etc.

We just can find them in the cities and televisions. We eat them in soup and restaurant. and we don't seriously distinguish them?

As mentioned above, Probably dove is smaller than pigeon. Because they are in same family. Probably they are same thing just symbolizing the peace.

Referred to http://www.proz.com/forum/teaching_and_learning_languages/28738-dove_vs_pigeon_how_to_explain_the_difference.html

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They're different species entirely. That's why the Chinese Wikipedia answer is incorrect.

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