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[kan-uh] /ˈkæn ə/
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 Unabridged
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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


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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