Definition of Carina

1. Noun. A keel-shaped constellation in the southern hemisphere; contains the start Canopus.

Group relationships: Argo
Member holonyms: Canopus
Generic synonyms: Constellation

2. Noun. Any of various keel-shaped structures or ridges such as that on the breastbone of a bird or that formed by the fused petals of a pea blossom.

Definition of Carina

1. n. A keel

Definition of Carina

1. Proper noun. (constellation) A summer constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the keel of a ship. It contains the star Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis. ¹

2. Proper noun. ( female given name) occasionally used in English. ¹

3. Noun. A ridge- or keel-like structure. ¹

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Definition of Carina

1. a carinate anatomical part [n -NAS or -NAE] : CARINAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Carina

1. 1. In man, a term applied or applicable to several anatomical structures forming a projecting central ridge. 2. That portion of the sternum in a bird, bat, or mole that serves as the origin of the pectoral muscles; it is not found in flightless birds and most mammals. Origin: L. The keel of a boat (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Carina

carillon playing
carina (current term)
carina fornicis
carina of trachea
carina tracheae
carinal lymph nodes
carinate abdomen

Literary usage of Carina

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. by American Entomological Society (1887)
"»p.—Ç. Length .14 inch. Black, scabrous. .Inning, tirad rugose or carinated, a prominent carina extends from liase of each ..."

2. Genera Plantarum Ad Exemplaria Imprimis in Herbariis Kewensibus Servata Definita by Joseph Dalton Hooker, George Bentham (1865)
"... tertia anomala carina alie eub£equali gaudet. 199. Kennedya, Vent. Jard. Malm. t. 104, 105. ... carina in K. rubicunda et ..."

3. A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia: With Figures of All the Species by Charles ( Darwin (1851)
"... pedunculated ; capitulum carina ; mouth and cirri prehensile. bearing a pair of elongated scuta and a rudimentary coralline : 20 fathoms. Mus. ..."

4. The Fertilisation of Flowers by Hermann Müller, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Charles Darwin (1883)
"If it dehisced along with the other four stamens of its own whorl and then withered, its pollen would lie useless in the lower part of the carina, ..."

5. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1895)
"A NEW STAR IN carina. From an examination of the Draper Memorial photographs, taken at the Arequipa Station of the observatory, Mrs. Fleming has discovered ..."

6. Reports ... 2d Series by International Labour Office, United States Tariff Commission (1915)
"The carina is in fact accompanied by a somewhat smaller but still rather ... The second ridge is situated below the carina than which it is not only smaller ..."

7. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1870)
"Consequently, if a flower be gathered and the carina be gently opened ... The same result will ensue if simply downward pressure be made on the carina, ..."

8. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1873)
"Head densely punctured, V-shaped carina feeble, front slightly concave. Thorax twice as wide at base as long, at apex broader than the length, ..."

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