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  1. any of various tropical plants of the genus Canna, cultivated for their large, usually brightly colored leaves and showy flowers.
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Origin of canna

1655–65; < New Latin, Latin: reed; see cane
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Examples from the Web for canna

Historical Examples

  • There's a knock that canna be mista'en, an' a' heard it last night.

    A Doctor of the Old School, Part 4

    Ian Maclaren

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for canna


  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
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin cane 1
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