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canna

[kan-uh] /ˈkæn ə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical plants of the genus Canna, cultivated for their large, usually brightly colored leaves and showy flowers.
Origin of canna
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin, Latin: reed; see cane
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  • There's a knock that canna be mista'en, an' a' heard it last night.

  • I canna but think ye're usin me as ye wudna like to be used yersel!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Because, sae far as I see, she canna think that ye hae left a' for him.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • He canna dee again for ane 'at wudna turn til 'im i' this life!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • And yet she is a bonny winsome maid, that I canna cast off.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • canna ye say it's no' for yoursel', it's for the house—she wad na refuse that.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • They canna do mair than they can do: ten pounds is as good as ten hundred.

  • An' I canna min' whan I began to come here first, luikin' for something.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • I canna jist mind if it was a funeral or a weddin'—but it was fair graun'.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • "Weel, I canna help it," said Leeby, probably beginning to whimper.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for canna

canna

/ˈkænə/
noun
1.
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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