- 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
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Examples from the Web for canna
There's a knock that canna be mista'en, an' a' heard it last night.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 4
I canna but think ye're usin me as ye wudna like to be used yersel!'
Because, sae far as I see, she canna think that ye hae left a' for him.Salted With Fire
He canna dee again for ane 'at wudna turn til 'im i' this life!
And yet she is a bonny winsome maid, that I canna cast off.'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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
C17: from New Latin cane 1
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