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a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.
a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
a painting on canvas.
a tent, or tents collectively.
sails collectively.
any fabric of linen, cotton, or hemp of a coarse loose weave used as a foundation for embroidery stitches, interlining, etc.
the floor of a boxing ring traditionally consisting of a canvas covering stretched over a mat.
under canvas,
Nautical. with set sails.
in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.

1225–75; Middle English canevas < Anglo-French, Old North French < Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus (noun use of adj.), equivalent to Latin cannab(is) hemp + -āceus -aceous

canvaslike, adjective

canvas, canvass. Unabridged
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canvas (ˈkænvəs)
1.  a.  a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a canvas bag
2.  a.  a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
 b.  a painting on this material, esp in oils
3.  a tent or tents collectively
4.  nautical any cloth of which sails are made
5.  nautical the sails of a vessel collectively
6.  any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
7.  the canvas the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
8.  rowing the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of length: to win by a canvas
9.  under canvas
 a.  in tents
 b.  nautical with sails unfurled
[C14: from Norman French canevas, ultimately from Latin cannabis hemp]

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Word Origin & History

1260, from Anglo-Fr. canevaz, from O.Fr. canevas, from V.L. *cannapaceus "made of hemp," from L. cannabis, from Gk. kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word. Canvas-back as a type of N.Amer. duck is from 1785.
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