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  1. a seaport on and the capital of Crete, on the W part.
Greek Khania.


  1. Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km). Capital: Canea.
  2. Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete.
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Historical Examples

  • But it is now in no point of its course nearer than ten miles to Canea.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867


  • Where he got them from I cannot tell, for they are not so plentiful at Rettimo as they are at beautiful Canea.

  • The motion was lost, and his relegation to Canea and a years imprisonment were voted.

  • In six months came news from Canea: Jacopo Foscari was dead.

  • I longed to be in Canea again, which was much the pleasanter place.

British Dictionary definitions for canea


Chania (ˈhɑːnɪə)

  1. the chief port of Crete, on the NW coast. Pop: 55 838 (2001)Greek name: Khaniá


  1. a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of Greece: of archaeological importance for the ruins of Minoan civilization. Pop: 601 131 (2001). Area: 8331 sq km (3216 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Kríti
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Word Origin and History for canea


traditionally said to be from Krus, name of a mythological ancestor; probably an ethnic name of some sort.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

canea in Culture


Island in southeastern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.


Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.


One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.


In Greek mythology, Crete was Minos's kingdom, where the Minotaur lived at the center of the Labyrinth.
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