nounpl. -·nas or -·nae
Biol. a structure or part resembling a keel or ridge, as the projection on the breastbone of a bird
Origin of carinaModern Latin from L, keel: see careen
a S constellation between Vela and Pictor, containing the bright star Canopus
Origin of CarinaL, ship's keel: see careen
A keel-shaped ridge or structure, such as that on the breastbone of a bird or of the fused lower two petals of flowers of many members of the pea family.
Origin of carinaLatin carīna keel ; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Volans and Vela that contains the star Canopus.
Origin of CarinaLatin carīna keel ; see carina .
(plural carinas or carinae)
From Latin carina (“keel”).
- A female given name occasionally used in English.