Definitions of carinate
  1. adjective
    having a ridge or shaped like a ridge or suggesting the keel of a ship
    “a carinate sepal”
    synonyms: carinated, keeled, ridged
  2. noun
    birds having keeled breastbones for attachment of flight muscles
    synonyms: carinate bird, flying bird
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    flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird
    flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
    type of:
    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
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