[ kuh-rahy-nuh, -ree- ]
/ kəˈraɪ nə, -ˈri- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. caries,
  2. carifta,
  3. carillon,
  4. carillonneur,
  5. carin,
  6. carinate,
  7. carinate abdomen,
  8. carinated,
  9. caring,
  10. carinthia

Origin of carina

1695–1705; < Latin: keel; cf. careen

Related formsca·ri·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carinal


/ (kəˈriːnə, -ˈraɪ-) /

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


/ (kəˈriːnə, -ˈraɪ-) /

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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Medicine definitions for carinal


[ 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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