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canna

[kan-uh] /ˈkæn ə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical plants of the genus Canna, cultivated for their large, usually brightly colored leaves and showy flowers.
Origin of canna
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin, Latin: reed; see cane
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  • "Waur he canna be," muttered Sir Archy, with a significance that gave the words a very equivocal meaning.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • There's a knock that canna be mista'en, an' a' heard it last night.

  • Jamie, I canna' keep this siller, it lies like a weight o' lead on my heart.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • He canna dee again for ane 'at wudna turn til 'im i' this life!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • No doubt, bridegroom, replied the Doctor, I canna be insensible to the pleasant savour of the supper.

    The Entail John Galt
  • I canna but think ye're usin me as ye wudna like to be used yersel!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • The other replied, "But canna the French say their prayers as weel?"

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • An' I canna min' whan I began to come here first, luikin' for something.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Ye are just killing yourself, lass; I canna let you do that.

    Into the Highways and Hedges F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
  • I canna jist mind if it was a funeral or a weddin'—but it was fair graun'.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for canna

canna

/ˈkænə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical plants constituting the genus Canna, having broad leaves and red or yellow showy flowers for which they are cultivated: family Cannaceae
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin cane1
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