Carina



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.
Astronomy. the Keel, a southern constellation, containing the bright star, Canopus: one of the constellations into which Argo is divided.
a female given name, form of Carin.
Contemporary Examples

Watch 3-year-old carina Victoria Castro capitalize on her moment in the spotlight.
Democratic Convention’s Best Moments: Michelle Obama & More (VIDEO) The Daily Beast Video September 4, 2012

“When things started to quiet down, my mom put all of us in the car and started to drive to Saigon,” says carina.
Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus Katie Baker April 29, 2014

Like carina, she remembers a ghastly scene once the American soldiers withdrew.
Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus Katie Baker April 29, 2014

“It was hard, because nobody could take 10 people and keep them,” carina says.
Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus Katie Baker April 29, 2014

But carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed.
The Mistakes We Make Megan McArdle October 23, 2012

Historical Examples

Valvulæ obtusæ, inferior paulo brevior, carina infra apicem ciliata.
Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834, Part III (the Text Being Chapters XXVIII-XXXIII of the London Edition, 1843, and the Appendix a Combination of the Appendices of the London and German [Coblentz, 1839] Editions) Maximilian, Prinz von Wied

The variable star Argus also belongs to the constellation carina.
The Popular Science Monthly, August, 1900 Various

The carina descends only just below the basal points of the terga, instead of far below them.
A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2) Charles Darwin

“Listen to me, carina,” he said, gently unfolding her arms from his neck.
Flora Adair, Vol. 1 (of 2) A. M. Donelan

I have seen only a single large specimen with its carina barbed.
A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2) Charles Darwin

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
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

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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