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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis. Also called Dove.
  • Columba, Saint 521-597. Irish missionary who established a monastery on the island of Iona and subsequently Christianized northern Scotland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Columbidae — doves and pigeons.
  • proper n. St. Columba of Iona (Old Irish Columb Cille, meaning "Dove of the church"); one of the Gaelic missionary monks who reintroduced Christianity to Scotland during the Dark Ages.
  • proper n. Any of three other Christian saints who bore the name Columba.
  • proper n. A small winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a dove. It was introduced by Augustin Royer in 1679, as a split from the constellation Canis Major.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See calumba.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of pigeons, formerly coextensive with the order Columbæ, now restricted to species typical of the family Columbidæ and subfamily Columbinæ, such as the domestic pigeon or rock-dove (C. livia), the stock-dove (C. ænas), the ring-dove (C. palumbus), and several others of both hemispheres.
  • n. In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks.
  • n. [l. c] [ML.] In the medieval church, the name given to the vessel in which the sacrament was kept, when, as was often the case, it was made in the shape of a dove.
  • n. Same as columbo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Columbidae: typical pigeons
  • n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum

Etymologies

Latin columba, dove.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin columba ("dove, pigeon"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin columba ("dove, pigeon") (Wiktionary)

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