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noun, genitive Co·lum·bae [kuh-luhm-bee] /kəˈlʌm bi/ for 2.
  1. Saint,a.d. 521–597, Irish missionary in Scotland.
  2. Also called Columba Noae [noh-ee] /ˈnoʊ i/. Astronomy. the Dove, or Noah's Dove, a southern constellation between Caelum and Canis Major.
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Related formsCo·lum·ban, adjective
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  • Columbetta is the diminutive of columba, a dove; so called from the color of the plant.

  • That was the way the great Columba scored off the Druids and Picts.

  • The conversion of the Picts by Columba seems to have proceeded deliberately.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • To the first, then, the answer is the common European wild pigeon (columba palumbis).


    Mayne Reid

  • We had stumbled upon a feeding-place of the passenger-pigeon (Columba migratoria).

British Dictionary definitions for columba


noun Latin genitive Columbae (kəˈlʌmbiː)
  1. as in Alpha Columbae. a small constellation in the S hemisphere south of Orion
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: dove


  1. Saint. ?521–597 ad, Irish missionary: founded the monastery at Iona (563) from which the Picts were converted to Christianity. Feast day: June 9
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