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1 a riblike part of a plant or animal (such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein of an insect wing)
2 any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates) [syn: rib] [also: costae (pl)]

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From costa (cognate with coast).


(Latinate plural costae)
  1. (anatomy) A rib.
  2. (biology) A riblike part of a plant or animal, such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein or the margin of an insect wing.

Derived terms

See also



  1. coast
  2. slope
  3. rib
  4. the underside of an insect's wing

Usage notes

In the plural, costes can also refer to legal expenses.


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Extensive Definition

Costa may refer to:

See also

  • Costas, a surname of Greek origin
  • The Costas, coastal holiday resorts of Spain
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costa in Italian: Costa (disambigua)
costa in Dutch: Costa
costa in Polish: Costa
costa in Portuguese: Costa
costa in Chinese: 科斯塔
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