|a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: extends from Colón on the Caribbean Sea southeast to Balboa on the Gulf of Panama; built by the US (1904--14), after an unsuccessful previous attempt (1880--89) by the French under de Lesseps. Length: 64 km (40 miles)|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
Note: Conflict between the United States and Panama has centered on control of the canal; a treaty was signed in 1977 returning control of the Canal Zone to Panama in 2000. Since that time, Panama has agreed to neutral operation of the canal.