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See also: carinatae


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From Latin carinatus (shaped like a keel, having a keel-shaped ridge)

Proper nounEdit


  1. (dated) A taxonomic subclass within the class Aves — Birds having a pronounced keel-like sternum, to which muscles used in flight attach.
  2. A taxonomic clade within the class Aves — Birds descended from a certain common ancestral type of bird, possibly having a keel-like sternum and other bone-structure characteristics.

Usage notesEdit

  • Bird lineage remains particularly unsettled, so the definition and relationships of Carinatae is subject to revision and the name may become disused.



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