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(The English name of) the constellation Columba (formerly known as Columba Noachi or Columba Noae).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blundeville (fl. 1561), author and translator. From the genitive of Noah, the name of a patriarch in the Old Testament + dove, with reference to the story in Genesis 6–9, so named with allusion to the constellation's proximity to the former constellation Argo, the ship.
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