[ kuh-nel-uh ]
/ kəˈnɛl ə /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for canella

/ (kəˈnɛlə) /


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

Word Origin for canella

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