Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various perennial tropical herbs of the genus Canna, having clusters of large showy flowers and including an edible variety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the genus Canna of tropical plants with large leaves and often showy flowers.
  • v. Contraction of can not; cannot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A measure of length in Italy, varying from six to seven feet. See cane, 4.
  • n. A genus of tropical plants, with large leaves and often with showy flowers. The Indian shot (Canna Indica) is found in gardens of the northern United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of reed-like plants, natural order Marantaceœ, several species of which are known by the name of Indian shot, from their round, shining, hard, heavy seeds.
  • n. The upright shaft or stem of any ornamental object or utensil, especially when of metal, as of a candlestick.
  • n. Eccles., the pipe or tube by which the sacred wine was taken from the chalice. See calamus, 4.
  • n. A linear measure in use in some parts of Italy.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of lepidopterous insects.
  • n. A name of the eland, Oreas canna.
  • n. Cotton-grass, a plant of the genus Eriophorum.
  • n. Cannot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant of the genus Canna having large sheathing leaves and clusters of large showy flowers

Etymologies

Latin canna, cane; see cane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • * The name canna comes from the Celtic word for "cane."

    Blisstree

  • Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Ornamental plants, such as canna, have proven beneficial in removing nitrogen and phosphorus from stormwater runoff, scientists in Louisiana said.

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  • When I go back to the house to talk to him I'll ax him if tha 'canna' come an 'see him tomorrow mornin' -- an '. bring tha' creatures wi 'thee -- an' then -- in a bit, when there's more leaves out, an 'happen a bud or two, we'll get him to come out an' tha 'shall push him in his chair an' we'll bring him here an 'show him everything. "

    The Secret Garden

  • Cleveish "Whodder y'men like y'canna't understan yan?

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  • "I canna stand the pace," Tommy whimpered once; but the silence of

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  • “You canna go with us,” he said as calmly as he could manage.

    Judge deveraux

  • “No, I canna say that that thought ever entered my mind.”

    Judge deveraux

  • There's nothing like a canna for flamboyant - some might say gaudy - beauty.

    The Ever-Ripening Year « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Who would have guessed that the seedpods of a canna would have such fascinating form - and color!

    The Ever-Ripening Year « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • There will be plenty of time after to fuss and fash over what we can and canna control.

    Healing the Highlander

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  • It was the little silver snuffbox that Captain Jordan in his lifetime had come by, that had been Granny's to keep for as long as anybody could remember, that rolled across the floor and down into the folds of the cannas.
    --Eudora Welty, 1970, Losing Battles

    December 24, 2010