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A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis. Also called Dove.

[Latin columba, dove.]


also Col·um  (kŭl′əm), Saint 521-597.
Irish missionary who established a monastery on the island of Iona and subsequently Christianized northern Scotland.
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n, Latin genitive Columbae (kəˈlʌmbiː)
(Astronomy) as in Alpha Columbae. a small constellation in the S hemisphere south of Orion
[Latin, literally: dove]


(Biography) 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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(kəˈlʌm bə)

Saint, A.D. 521–597, Irish missionary in Scotland.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Columba - a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
2.Columba - type genus of the Columbidae: typical pigeons
bird genus - a genus of birds
Columbidae, family Columbidae - doves and pigeons
Columba livia, rock dove, rock pigeon - pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
bandtail, band-tail pigeon, band-tailed pigeon, Columba fasciata - wild pigeon of western North America; often mistaken for the now extinct passenger pigeon
Columba palumbus, cushat, wood pigeon, ringdove - Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
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References in classic literature ?
Columba, who built a church and founded a monastery on the island of Iona.
Columba, the passionate and tender, taught and labored.
She founded a nunnery in memory of Columba, which was named SEDES MISERICORDIOE, the House of Mercy, and, as the region was Mercian, the two names became involved.
Great as the differences are between the breeds of pigeons, I am fully convinced that the common opinion of naturalists is correct, namely, that all have descended from the rock-pigeon (Columba livia), including under this term several geographical races or sub-species, which differ from each other in the most trifling respects.
It follows claims by parents that the children of St Columba's Primary in Oban were being discriminated against - after being barred from the school bus.
Columba McVeigh was 19 when he was murdered and buried in secret by the IRA in November 1975.
The sprawling development, which would be called Columba Park, has horrified people living nearby who say the open space is a vital.
St Columba's Church in Stirling, with help from other churches, is holding a Holiday Club for primary school age children this Easter.
And Mrs Marie Dunbar, founder of the St Columba's Playgroup in Annan, was presented with her British Empire Medal by Dumfriesshire Lord Lieutenant, Fiona Armstrong, on Friday.
They were identified by staff from social enterprise and charity Columba 1400 at a selection event involving around 60 pupils and chosen based on "showing great potential to work well with others and display leadership qualities".
One of Cramlington's top sides is no longer operating, with Andrew Wilkinson going to register for NESLC Eagles, and Duncan Wraight, Dale Aitkenhead and Peter Smallcombe now going to play for the newly formed Saint Columba's in Wideopen, who will also have Paul Baines from NESLC Eagles in their squad.