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carina

[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.
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Origin of carina

1695–1705; < Latin: keel; cf. careen
Related formsca·ri·nal, adjective
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carina

noun plural -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
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Word Origin for carina

C18: from Latin: keel

Carina

noun Latin 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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carinal in Medicine

carina

(kə-rīnə, -rē-)
n. pl. ca•ri•nae (-nē)
  1. A keel-shaped ridge or structure, such as the ridge on the under surface of the fornix of the brain.
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