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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Origin and Etymology of carlina
New Latin, from Medieval Latin, carline thistle, probably from Old Italian — more at carline thistle
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