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;Related formsca·ri·nal, adjective
keel; cf. careen
[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
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Contemporary Examples of carina
“When things started to quiet down, my mom put all of us in the car and started to drive to Saigon,” says Carina.
Like Carina, she remembers a ghastly scene once the American soldiers withdrew.
“It was hard, because nobody could take 10 people and keep them,” Carina says.
Now, as a parent herself, Carina marvels at the sacrifices her own mother and father made.
Finally, in the spring of 1979, Carina saw her own opportunity.
Historical Examples of carina
The variable star Argus also belongs to the constellation Carina.
Did she not for years hide from me the mere existence of your aunt Kathi, of La Carina?
"Listen to me, carina," he said, gently unfolding her arms from his neck.
Valvulæ obtusæ, inferior paulo brevior, carina infra apicem ciliata.
But Carina did not hear what he said, for she lay sweetly sleeping in her father's arms.
British Dictionary definitions for carina
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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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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