- 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
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Examples from the Web for carinal
Scuta.The scuta and carinal half of the terga are blueish-green.
The carinal half of the basal margin generally forms an angle with the spur of only a little above a rectangle.
The basal margin on the carinal side of the spur is sometimes a little hollowed out.
The crests for the carinal depressor muscle are barely developed.
The lines of growth are upturned along the carinal margin, which consequently is a little protuberant, but to a varying degree.
- a keel-like part or ridge, as in the breastbone of birds or the fused lower petals of a leguminous flower
C18: from Latin: keel
- 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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- A keel-shaped ridge or structure, such as the ridge on the under surface of the fornix of the brain.
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