turtle (n.)
turtle-dove, lover
LLL IV.iii.210.1[Berowne to King, of Costard and Jaquenetta] Will these turtles be gone?
LLL V.ii.894[Ver singing, of spring] When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws
MW II.i.75[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford] I will find you twenty lascivious turtles ere one chaste man
MW III.iii.39[Mistress Ford to Mistress Page, of Falstaff] We'll teach him to know turtles from jays [i.e. faithful women from unfaithful ones]
Phoen.1[title] The Phoenix and Turtle
TC III.ii.176[Troilus to Cressida, of examples of lovers' comparisons] as turtle to her mate
TS II.i.207[Petruchio to Katherina] O slow-winged turtle
WT IV.iv.154[Florizel to Perdita] so turtles pair, / That never mean to part
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