Definition of Columba

1. Noun. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum.

Exact synonyms: Dove
Generic synonyms: Constellation

2. Noun. Type genus of the Columbidae: typical pigeons.

Definition of Columba

1. n. See Calumba.

Definition of Columba

1. Proper noun. 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. ¹

2. Proper noun. Any of three other Christian saints who bore the name Columba. ¹

3. Proper noun. (constellation) 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. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Columba

Colored People's Time
Colossus of Rhodes
Colour Index
Coluber constrictor
Coluber constrictor flaviventris
Coluber hippocrepis
Columba fasciata
Columba livia
Columba palumbus
Columbia Mental Maturity Scale
Columbia River
Columbia University
Columbia tiger lily

Literary usage of Columba

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"In 5-14 an epidemic broke up the community and columba returned to his kindred. ... The fort was given by his admiring kinsmen to columba, and there he ..."

2. The Monks of the West from St. Benedict to St. Bernard by Charles Forbes Montalembert, Francis Aidan Gasquet (1896)
"Birth of columba ; vision of his mother.—His monastic education; jealousy of his ... The assassin of a virgin struck by death at the prayer of columba. ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"It is said that he brought from Rome a copy of the Vulgate and from this his disciple columba transcribed the Psalter. Finnian then claimed the ..."

4. Insula Sanctorum Et Doctorum: Or, Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars by John Healy (1890)
"columba was now a priest twenty-five years of age ; and he began to think of ... The Annals of Ulster record the founding of Derry by columba in tbe year AD ..."

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