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[kuh-rahy-nuh, -ree-] /kəˈraɪ nə, -ˈri-/
noun, plural carinas, carinae
[kuh-rahy-nee, -ree-] /kəˈraɪ ni, -ˈri-/ (Show IPA)
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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carinal, adjective Unabridged
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/kəˈriːnə; -ˈraɪ-/
noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
a keel-like part or ridge, as in the breastbone of birds or the fused lower petals of a leguminous flower
Word Origin
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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carinal in Medicine

carina ca·ri·na (kə-rī'nə, -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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