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canary seed

Origin of canary seed
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At Sarr, or a little way further back, I saw a man who had just begun to reap a field of canary seed.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • As Biddy often declared, "it was a great saving of canary seed, to have Miss Natalie about the house."

    Natalie Ferna Vale
  • It appears that by feeding them simply with rape and canary seed they may be preserved healthy for many years.

  • Rapeseed and canary seed are considered the best and safest feed for canaries.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • The staple food should be canary seed mixed with rape, and there must always be a piece of cuttle-fish fastened in the cage.

  • The greenfinch is soon attracted by hemp seed, and all the smaller birds by canary seed.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness Elizabeth Brightwen
  • Its food, when in confinement, is hemp and canary seed, which I have known preserve it for a long time in good health.

  • Leo swept out the canary seed from the grand parade, so that the little actors should have nothing to distract their attention.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • Bushels of grain for chickens, pennyworths of canary seed—oh!

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • The love-birds feed almost entirely on millet or canary seed, and they like a sod of grass in their cage.

British Dictionary definitions for canary seed

canary seed

another name for birdseed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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