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cos·ta

 (kŏs′tə)
n. pl. cos·tae (-tē) Biology
A rib or a riblike part, such as the midrib of a leaf or a thickened anterior vein or margin of an insect's wing.

[Latin; see kost- in Indo-European roots.]

cos′tal adj.

costa

(ˈkɒstə)
n, pl -tae (-tiː)
1. (Anatomy) the technical name for rib11
2. (Biology) a riblike part, such as the midrib of a plant leaf
[C19: from Latin: rib, side, wall]
ˈcostal adj
ˈcostally adv

cos•ta

(ˈkɒs tə, ˈkɔ stə)

n., pl. cos•tae (ˈkɒs ti, ˈkɔ sti)
1. a rib, riblike structure, or ridge.
2.
a. Also called cos′tal vein′. a vein, usu. marginal, in the front part of the wing of certain insects.
b. Also called cos′tal mar′gin. the anterior edge or border of the wing of certain insects.
[1865–70; < Latin: rib, side. compare coast]

costa

- A rib or riblike structure.
See also related terms for rib.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.costa - a riblike part of a plant or animal (such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein of an insect wing)
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
2.costa - 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)
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
true rib - one of the first seven ribs in a human being which attach to the sternum
costal cartilage - the cartilages that connect the sternum and the ends of the ribs; its elasticity allows the chest to move in respiration
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Settle this thing to-morrow with my steward, Antonio Costa.
He married Beryl Garcia, one of the beauties of Costa Rica, and, having purloined a considerable sum of public money, he changed his name to Vandeleur and fled to England, where he established a school in the east of Yorkshire.
There's the Alameda & Contra Costa Land Syndicate, the Consolidated Street Railways, the Yerba Buena Ferry Company, the United Water Company, the Piedmont Realty Company, the Fairview and Portola Hotel Company, and half a dozen more that I've got to refer to a notebook to remember.
Began in the Contra Costa in Oakland when I was eleven, shakin' out for the mangle.
He ran aft, drew in the sheet, and filled on the long tack toward the Contra Costa Hills.
This was sharply impressed upon us when he went about under the Contra Costa Hills and passed us on the other tack fully one hundred feet dead to windward.
I could make out the Selby Smelter on the Contra Costa shore and the Mare Island lighthouse.
Asmunsen, the owner of a large granite quarry in Contra Costa County.
At an altitude of five hundred feet, the pigeon drove on over the town of Berkeley and lifted its flight to the Contra Costa hills.
Once more, on these Contra Costa hills, he early came to grief.
Why, I'd sooner fight before broke-down old plugs of work-horses that's candidates for chicken-meat, than before them rotten bunches of stiffs with nothin' thicker'n water in their veins, an' Contra Costa water at that when the rains is heavy on the hills.
The other day da Costa got the cook to fry a steak for him--a turtle steak it was too, not beef at all--and the fat caught or some thing.