• WordNet 3.6
    • n Columba type genus of the Columbidae: typical pigeons
    • n Columba a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Columba (Med) See Calumba.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Columba A genus of pigeons, formerly coextensive with the order Columbæ, now restricted to species typical of the family Columbidæ and subfamily Columbinæ, such as the domestic pigeon or rock-dove (C. livia), the stock-dove (C. ænas), the ring-dove (C. palumbus), and several others of both hemispheres. The bill is comparatively short and stout; the wings are pointed; the tail is much shorter than the wings, and square or little rounded; the tarsi are shorter than the middle toe, and are scutellate in front and feathered above; and there are 10 remiges or wing-feathers, and 12 rectrices or tail-feathers. See cut under rock-dove.
    • n Columba In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks.
    • n Columba [l. c] [ML.] In the medieval church, the name given to the vessel in which the sacrament was kept, when, as was often the case, it was made in the shape of a dove. It was of precious metal, and stood on a circular platform or basin, had a sort of corona above it, and was suspended by a chain from the roof, before the high altar. The opening was in the back.
    • n Columba Same as columbo.
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In literature:

At the west end of Pont Street stands the Church of St. Columba, opened 1884.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
At St. Columba's Catholic Church the scenes were striking in their individual peculiarities.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The monastery had been founded by Columba, an Irish Scot.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
NITZSCH, on the absence of the oil-gland in certain Columbae, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Now he is off again on the Columba and is to meet me in Choco Bay.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But the labours of St. Columba's sons were not confined to the north.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
Columba means a dove.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
The masters of St. Columba's would have nothing to do with such modest men as the staff of the Seminary.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
They are named after Columba and Oran, who are said to have stopped here after they left Ireland.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
It was in 563 that St. Columba crossed over from Ireland to north Britain, with the wonted twelve companions.
"The Christian Church in These Islands before the Coming of Augustine" by George Forrest Browne
The same morning we land at Columba, or the Holy Isle.
"The Cruise of the Elena or Yachting in the Hebrides" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Of the ancient church founded here by Columba, only the walls remain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Of the genus Columba were procured two species, one of which is in such imperfect plumage that its character cannot be made out.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
A brief resume of Ireland's history; St. Columba; St. Patrick.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
We find the same custom in the Celtic church of St Columba.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
St. Columba and St. Patrick.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
The goal towards which St. Columba set his face was the castle of King Brude at Inverness.
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean
St. Columba had been preceded by St. Nimian.
"A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland" by Mary Platt Parmele
The island takes its name from the fact that St Molios, a disciple of St Columba, founded a church near the north-western point.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
St. Comgall of Bangor, himself, washed the feet of Columba and his companions, when they came to visit him at Bangor.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy

In poetry:

'Twas Moy; whom in Columba's isle
The seer's prophetic spirit found,
As with a minstrel's fire the while,
He waked his harp's harmonious sound.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

He said some Orthodox monks in the United States are from overseas, but added he hopes that St Columba will eventually serve as home for American men who have decided to pursue a monastic life.
Rocio Fidalgo , a native of Chile, and Julio C Vasquez were married on Sept 9 in Manhattan at the St Columba Catholic Church in Chelsea.
Former Florida Gov Jeb Bush hosts the 12th annual Celebration of Reading event earlier this year with his wife, Columba, left, and his mother, Barbara Bush, at the Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs.
Columba Cathedral in Youngstown was the setting on August 4 for the wedding of Robert Lovell and his bride, Katie Taybus.
Father Columba Stewart says it's part of a monastic tradition that dates back to the 6th century.
The 22nd "The Harvest Is Plentiful " concert will take place on Sunday, Nov 4, at 6 pm at SS Columba/Brigid Church on the corner of Eagle and Hickory streets, Buffalo.