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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
  • 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


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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