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  1. the cinnamonlike bark of a West Indian tree, Canella winterana, used as a condiment and in medicine.
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Origin of canella

1685–95; < New Latin, Medieval Latin: cinnamon, equivalent to Latin can(na) cane + -ella diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for canella

Historical Examples of canella

  • Plant out Aralia, Canella, Magnolia, and other ornamental trees.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

  • On the last day of my stay I walked slowly up the trail toward the canella do matto.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • Canella Bark is an aromatic stimulant, and forms a good stomachic.

  • Hiera-picra, hī′e-ra-pik′ra, n. a purgative drug from aloes and canella bark.

  • The chief aromatic barks comprise the cinnamon, cassia lignea, cascarilla, and canella alba.

British Dictionary definitions for canella


  1. the fragrant cinnamon-like inner bark of a West Indian tree, Canella winterana (family Canellaceae) used as a spice and in medicine
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Word Origin for canella

C17: from Medieval Latin: cinnamon, from Latin canna cane, reed
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