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canopy

[kan-uh-pee]
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noun, plural can·o·pies.
  1. a covering, usually of fabric, supported on poles or suspended above a bed, throne, exalted personage, or sacred object.
  2. an overhanging projection or covering, as a long canvas awning stretching from the doorway of a building to a curb.
  3. an ornamental, rooflike projection or covering.
  4. Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.
  5. the sky.
  6. the part of a parachute that opens up and fills with air, usually made of nylon or silk.
  7. the transparent cover over the cockpit of an airplane.
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verb (used with object), can·o·pied, can·o·py·ing.
  1. to cover with or as with a canopy: Branches canopied the road.
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Origin of canopy

1350–1400; Middle English canope < Medieval Latin canōpēum, variant of Latin cōnōpēum mosquito net < Greek kōnōpeîon bed with net to keep gnats off, equivalent to kṓnōp(s) gnat + -eion, neuter of -eios adj. suffix
Related formssu·per·can·o·py, noun, plural su·per·can·o·pies.un·can·o·pied, adjective
Can be confusedcanapé canopy
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  • At night, our couch will be on a platform surmounted by a canopy like a throne.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The pole and the canopy of the hammock tangled inextricably its occupant.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The hangings were of crimson velvet, and the canopy of the richest purple.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • The canopy is held up by prelates, and the chairmen are in knee-breeches and red velvet.

  • The sun was shooting over the cliffs a canopy as of smoke above their heads.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for canopy

canopy

noun plural -pies
  1. an ornamental awning above a throne or bed or held over a person of importance on ceremonial occasions
  2. a rooflike covering over an altar, niche, etc
  3. a roofed structure serving as a sheltered passageway or area
  4. a large or wide covering, esp one high abovethe sky was a grey canopy
  5. the nylon or silk hemisphere that forms the supporting surface of a parachute
  6. the transparent cover of an aircraft cockpit
  7. the highest level of branches and foliage in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees
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verb -pies, -pying or -pied
  1. (tr) to cover with or as if with a canopy
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin canōpeum mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpeum gauze net, from Greek kōnōpeion bed with protective net, from kōnōps mosquito
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Word Origin and History for canopy

n.

late 14c., from Old French conope "bed-curtain" (Modern French canapé), from Medieval Latin canopeum, dissimilated from Latin conopeum, from Greek konopeion "Egyptian couch with mosquito curtains," from konops "mosquito, gnat," of unknown origin. The same word (canape) in French, Spanish, and Portuguese now means "sofa, couch." Italian canape is a French loan word.

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v.

c.1600, from canopy (n.). Related: Canopied; canopying.

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