noun, plural no·vas, no·vae [noh-vee] /ˈnoʊ vi/. Astronomy.
Origin of nova
Examples from the Web for novae
Then the world was filled with novae and comets as the extinguisher struck.Noble Redman|Jesse Franklin Bone
As one of our Latinists remarked, "It looks as if we should have novae res outside and novae tabulae inside."
A fine flock of wild geese (Cereopsis novae hollandiae) was seen, but they were too wary to allow of close approach.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.|John MacGillivray
Roth (unpublished data, 1957) found that the secretion of P. novae seelandiae when ejected is grayish or milky in color.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
The gallinaceous birds are represented by a quail, Coturnix novae zealandiae, now exterminated.
British Dictionary definitions for novae
noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas
Word Origin for nova
Word Origin and History for novae
1877, from Latin nova, fem. singular adjective of novus "new" (see new), used with stella "star" (a feminine noun in Latin) to describe a new star not previously known. Classical plural is novae.