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canary

[ kuh-nair-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF canary

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CANARY

Dick, the property of Aunt Judith, was a canary of thoughtful temperament.

I have a flower garden of my own, and two pets—a canary named Phil, and a cat.

I have a canary, and my brother and I had a pair of squirrels, but one died.

I haven't had a canary since I was a girl in my father's house.

"He can't steal her canary for she hasn't one," muttered Bob Strahan.

But don't tell me old Lady Grouch is so human as to have a canary.

Jean owned a canary, named Goldie because of his golden feathers.

Instead of sailing back, he pushed on to the Canary Islands.

But if the canary was suffering from thirst, it remained neglected.

He heard her no longer talking to the dogs, trilling to the canary.

WORD ORIGIN

type of small songbird, 1650s (short for Canary-bird, 1570s), from French canarie, from Spanish canario "canary bird," literally "of the Canary Islands," from Latin Insula Canaria "Canary Island," largest of the Fortunate Isles, literally "island of dogs" (canis, genitive canarius; see canine (n.)), so called because large dogs lived there. The name was extended to the whole island group (Canariæ Insulæ) by the time of Arnobius (c.300). As a type of wine (from the Canary Islands) from 1580s.

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