[ kuh-rahy-nuh, -ree- ]

noun,plural ca·ri·nas, ca·ri·nae [kuh-rahy-nee, -ree-]. /kəˈraɪ ni, -ˈri-/.
  1. Zoology. a keellike part or ridge, especially a ridge of bone on the ventral side of the sternum of birds.

  2. Botany. the two conjoined lower petals of a pea or bean flower that enclose the stamen and style.

Origin of carina

1695–1705; <Latin: keel; cf. careen

Other words from carina

  • ca·ri·nal, adjective

Words Nearby carina

Other definitions for Carina (2 of 2)

[ kuh-rahy-nuh for 1; kuh-ree-nuh, -rahy- for 2 ]

noun,genitive Ca·ri·nae [kuh-rahy-nee] /kəˈraɪ ni/ for 1.
  1. Astronomy. the Keel, a southern constellation, containing the bright star, Canopus: one of the constellations into which Argo is divided.

  2. a female given name, form of Carin.

Origin of Carina

First recorded in1695–1705 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carina in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for carina (1 of 2)


/ (kəˈriːnə, -ˈraɪ-) /

nounplural -nae (-niː) or -nas
  1. a keel-like part or ridge, as in the breastbone of birds or the fused lower petals of a leguminous flower

Origin of carina

C18: from Latin: keel

British Dictionary definitions for Carina (2 of 2)


/ (kəˈriːnə, -ˈraɪ-) /

nounLatin genitive Carinae (kəˈriːniː, -ˈraɪ-)
  1. a large conspicuous constellation in the S hemisphere close to the Southern Cross that contains Canopus, the second brightest star in the sky. It was originally considered part of Argo

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