carlina

noun car·li·na \kärˈlīnə, -ēnə\

Definition of carlina

  1. 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. 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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