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1nova

noun no·va \ˈnō-və\
plural novas or no·vae \-(ˌ)vē, -ˌvī\

Definition of NOVA

:  a star that suddenly increases its light output tremendously and then fades away to its former obscurity in a few months or years
no·va·like \-və-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of NOVA

New Latin, feminine of Latin novus new
First Known Use: 1927

2nova

noun, often capitalized

Definition of NOVA

:  cured and smoked salmon; especially :  salmon that has been cured in a mixture of salt and sugar and smoked at a low temperature

Origin of NOVA

short for Nova Scotia salmon
First Known Use: 1964

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