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Salmon that has been lightly cured and smoked. Also called Nova lox.
[After Nova Scotia, once the source of much of the salmon sold in New York City.]
n. pl. no·vae (-vē) or no·vas
A star that suddenly increases in luminosity and then gradually returns to its original brightness over a period of weeks to years.
[New Latin (stēlla) nova, new (star), nova, feminine of Latin novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -vae (-viː) or -vas
(Astronomy) a variable star that undergoes a cataclysmic eruption, observed as a sudden large increase in brightness with a subsequent decline over months or years; it is a close binary system with one component a white dwarf. Compare supernova
[C19: New Latin nova (stella) new (star), from Latin novus new]
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n., pl. -vas, -vae (-vē).
a star that suddenly becomes thousands of times brighter and then gradually fades to its original intensity.
[1875–80; < New Latin (stella) nova new (star)]
a smoke-cured salmon.
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Plural novae (nō′vē) or novas
A white dwarf star that suddenly becomes extremely bright as a result of the explosion on its surface of material taken from a nearby star. It gradually returns to its original brightness over a period of weeks to years. Compare supernova.
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A star that briefly grows intensely bright.
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|Noun||1.||nova - a star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and become more luminous in the process|
star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
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