from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Volans and Vela that contains the star Canopus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A summer constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the keel of a ship. It contains the star Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis.
  • proper n. A female given name occasionally used in English.


Latin carīna, keel; see carina.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Name of a fourth century martyr, feminine of Latin carinus, derivative of carus "beloved"; also a latinization of Karina and Karin (= Catherine) in northern Europe. (Wiktionary)



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