carina

noun
ca·​ri·​na | \ kə-ˈrī-nə How to pronounce carina (audio) , -ˈrē- How to pronounce carina (audio) \
plural carinas or carinae\ kə-​ˈrī-​ˌnē How to pronounce carina (audio) , -​ˈrē-​ˌnī \

Definition of carina

1 : a keel-shaped anatomical part, ridge, or process
2 Carina : a constellation in the southern hemisphere lying near the Southern Cross that is represented by the figure of a ship's keel

First Known Use of carina

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carina

New Latin, from Latin, hull, keel — more at careen

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The first known use of carina was circa 1704

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“Carina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carina. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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carina

noun
ca·​ri·​na | \ kə-ˈrī-nə How to pronounce carina (audio) , -ˈrē- How to pronounce carina (audio) \
plural carinas or carinae\ -​ˈrī-​ˌnē, -​ˈrē-​ˌnī How to pronounce carina (audio) \

Medical Definition of carina

: any of various keel-shaped anatomical structures, ridges, or processes: as
a : a ridge on the lower surface of the fornix of the brain
b : the ventral distal part of the vagina

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