carlina

noun
car·​li·​na | \ kärˈlīnə, -ēnə \

Definition of carlina

1 capitalized : a genus of herbs (family Compositae) of the Mediterranean region differing from the true thistles in having the outer involucral scales leaflike and spiny-toothed and the inner ones colored, raylike, and longer than the flowers
2 plural carlinae\ -​ī(ˌ)nē , -​ēˌnī \ : a plant of the genus Carlina

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History and Etymology for carlina

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, carline thistle, probably from Old Italian

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“Carlina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carlina. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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