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or car·i·nat·ed

[kar-uh-neyt, -nit or kar-uh-ney-tid]
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  1. Zoology, Botany. formed with a carina; keellike.

Origin of carinate

1775–85; < Latin carīnātus, equivalent to carīn(a) keel + -ātus -ate1
Related formscar·i·na·tion, nounmul·ti·car·i·nate, adjectivemul·ti·car·i·nat·ed, adjectivesub·car·i·nate, adjectivesub·car·i·nat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for carinate

Historical Examples

  • Carinate, keeled, furnished with a sharp ridge or projection on the lower side.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Calyx 5-parted, fleshy, enclosing the fruit (utricle) and often carinate or crested.

  • All other existing birds belong to the second division, and are called (from the keel on the breast-bone) carinate birds.

    On the Genesis of Species

    St. George Mivart

  • It must have been that of the struthious birds or that of the carinate birds, or something different from both.

    On the Genesis of Species

    St. George Mivart

  • If it was that of the carinate birds, how did the struthious birds and Dinosauria independently agree to differ?

    On the Genesis of Species

    St. George Mivart

British Dictionary definitions for carinate



  1. biology having a keel or ridge; shaped like a keel

Word Origin

C17: from Latin carīnāre to furnish with a keel or shell, from carīna keel
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carinate in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Shaped like or having a carina or keel; ridged.
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