noun, plural canopies.
a covering, usually of fabric, supported on poles or suspended above a bed, throne, exalted personage, or sacred object.
an overhanging projection or covering, as a long canvas awning stretching from the doorway of a building to a curb.
an ornamental, rooflike projection or covering.
Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.
the sky.
the part of a parachute that opens up and fills with air, usually made of nylon or silk.
the transparent cover over the cockpit of an airplane.
verb (used with object), canopied, canopying.
to cover with or as with a canopy: Branches canopied the road.

1350–1400; Middle English canope < Medieval Latin canōpēum, variant of Latin cōnōpēum mosquito net < Greek kōnōpeîon bed with net to keep gnats off, equivalent to kṓnōp(s) gnat + -eion, neuter of -eios adj. suffix

supercanopy, noun, plural supercanopies.
uncanopied, adjective

canapé, canopy. Unabridged
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canopy (ˈkænəpɪ)
n , pl -pies
1.  an ornamental awning above a throne or bed or held over a person of importance on ceremonial occasions
2.  a rooflike covering over an altar, niche, etc
3.  a roofed structure serving as a sheltered passageway or area
4.  a large or wide covering, esp one high above: the sky was a grey canopy
5.  the nylon or silk hemisphere that forms the supporting surface of a parachute
6.  the transparent cover of an aircraft cockpit
7.  the highest level of branches and foliage in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees
vb , -pies, -pies, -pying, -pied
8.  (tr) to cover with or as if with a canopy
[C14: from Medieval Latin canōpeum mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpeum gauze net, from Greek kōnōpeion bed with protective net, from kōnōps mosquito]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. conope "bed-curtain," from L. conopeum, from Gk. konopeion "couch with mosquito curtains," from konops "mosquito, gnat." The same word (canape) in Sp. and Port. now means "sofa, couch."
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in architecture, a projecting hood or cover suspended over an altar, statue, or niche. It originally symbolized a divine and royal presence and was probably derived from the cosmic audience tent of the Achaemenian kings of Persia. In the Middle Ages it became a symbol of the divine presence in churches. During the 14th and 15th centuries, tombs, statues, and niches were overhung with richly decorated tabernacle work in stone, and these were reflected in delicate spiral wooden canopies over fonts.

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Example sentences
The tree falls exactly where he wants it to, but on the way down it rips a
  branch from the overhanging canopy.
Their bright colors actually provide good camouflage in the dappled light of
  the rain forest canopy.
Phytoplankton make up the chlorophyll-bearing canopy at the base of the marine
  food web.
They can be found in cool, damp areas of deciduous forests, emerging before the
  tree canopy develops.
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