[kuh-rahy-nuh, -ree-]

noun, plural ca·ri·nas, ca·ri·nae [kuh-rahy-nee, -ree-] /kəˈraɪ ni, -ˈri-/.

Zoology. a keellike part or ridge, especially a ridge of bone on the ventral side of the sternum of birds.
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
Related formsca·ri·nal, adjective


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

noun, genitive Ca·ri·nae [kuh-rahy-nee] /kəˈraɪ ni/ for 1.

Astronomy. the Keel, a southern constellation, containing the bright star, Canopus: one of the constellations into which Argo is divided.
a female given name, form of Carin.

Origin of Carina

First recorded in 1695–1705 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas

a keel-like part or ridge, as in the breastbone of birds or the fused lower petals of a leguminous flower

Word Origin for carina

C18: from Latin: keel


noun Latin genitive Carinae (kəˈriːniː, -ˈraɪ-)

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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carina in Medicine


[kə-rīnə, -rē-]

n. pl. ca•ri•nae (-nē)

A keel-shaped ridge or structure, such as the ridge on the under surface of the fornix of the brain.
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