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cortina

[kawr-tahy-nuh, -tee-nuh] /kɔrˈtaɪ nə, -ˈti nə/
noun, plural cortinae
[kawr-tahy-nee, -tee-nahy] /kɔrˈtaɪ ni, -ˈti naɪ/ (Show IPA).
Mycology.
1.
a weblike, often evanescent veil covering the gills or hanging from the cap edge of certain mushrooms, particularly those of genus Cortinarius, and sometimes persisting as a ring or remnant of fibrils around the mushroom stalk.
Origin of cortina
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin; Late Latin cortīna curtain
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  • In Figure 240 the cortina and the bulbous form of the stem will be seen.

  • Belluno will shortly be connected by rail with cortina, and possess a station of its own.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • The cephalic horn and the three divergent wings are shorter, and at the distal end not so much thickened as in Theopera cortina.

  • There are fair men at cortina and Caprile, a day's journey east.

    Italian Alps

    Douglas William Freshfield
  • But the Festa of cortina did not remain all day on this high moral plane.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • The cortina or oracular shrine was surrounded with laurels; which were said to quiver while the oracles were being pronounced.

  • Antelao and Tofana, guarding the vale above cortina, show faint streaks of snow upon their amethyst.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • cortina lies in its valley like a white shell that has rolled down into a broad vase of malachite.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • The art schools of cortina are famous for their beautiful work in gold and silver filigree, and wood-inlaying.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • When a stern necessity forces one to leave cortina, there are several ways of departure.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke

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