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[kan-uh] /ˈkæn ə/
any of various tropical plants of the genus Canna, cultivated for their large, usually brightly colored leaves and showy flowers.
Origin of canna
1655-65; < New Latin, Latin: reed; see cane Unabridged
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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
  • If they tak to ravishing and rieving the master's plenishins I canna help it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Jamie, I canna' keep this siller, it lies like a weight o' lead on my heart.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • A man will no' keep on dithering for what he kens he canna' get.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • No doubt, bridegroom, replied the Doctor, I canna be insensible to the pleasant savour of the supper.

    The Entail John Galt
  • “It is something that we canna understand,” said Davie gravely.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
  • The other replied, "But canna the French say their prayers as weel?"

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • No, it is no disrespect to the minister, but I canna hear his words to-day.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
  • Ye are just killing yourself, lass; I canna let you do that.

    Into the Highways and Hedges F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
  • Lassie, I canna hae the bittie dog in wi the broodin' chuckies!

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for canna


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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