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Melba

[mel-buh] /ˈmɛl bə/
noun
1.
(Dame) Nellie (Helen Porter Mitchell Armstrong) 1861–1931, Australian operatic soprano.
2.
a female given name.
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Melba

/ˈmɛlbə/
noun
1.
Dame Nellie, stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell. 1861–1931, Australian operatic soprano
2.
(Austral, slang) do a Melba, to make repeated farewell appearances
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Word Origin and History for d. n. melba
Melba
in various food preparations, esp. peach Melba (1905) and Melba toast (1925) is in honor of Nellie Melba, stage name (based on Melbourne, Australia) of Australian-born operatic soprano Helen Mitchell (1861-1931).
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