a S constellation near Canis Major
Origin of ColumbaL, a dove: see columbarium
( 521-597); Ir. missionary: converted Scotland to Christianity: his day is June 9
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Caelum and Puppis. Also called Dove .
Origin of ColumbaLatin columba dove
also Col·um Saint521-597
Irish missionary who established a monastery on the island of Iona and subsequently Christianized northern Scotland.
- 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.
- Any of three other Christian saints who bore the name Columba.
- (astronomy) 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.
From Latin columba (“dove, pigeon”)