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
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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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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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