carina (plural carinas)

  1. A longitudinal ridge or projection like the keel of a boat.
  2. (botany) Part of a papilionaceous flower consisting of two petals, commonly united, which encloses the organs of fructification.
  3. (zoology) The keel of the breastbone of birds.
  4. (anatomy) Any of several features that have a projecting central ridge

Proper noun
  1. (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.
  • French: Carène
  • German: Schiffskiel
  • Russian: Киль
  • Spanish: Carina
Proper noun
  1. A female given name occasionally used in English.

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