• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Canary-bird a canary:
    • ns Canary-bird (slang) a jail-bird: a mistress
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In literature:

Not even a cat or a canary bird had she for companionship.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Finally, when they ceased keeping the animals he got at the canary cage and killed the bird by pulling the feathers out singly.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
In one cabin lived a girl and a canary-bird, all alone.
"The Moccasin Ranch" by Hamlin Garland
When he got up he saw a beautiful canary-bird on the top of another tree.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
I also want to tell you about my canary-birds.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
It was a bird-cage, containing a little favourite canary, which he and Daubeny had often fed.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
I meant a canary-bird sandwich and a glass of water.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IX (of X)" by Various
Many birds, yellow like the canary.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Kitty rushed for the canary, aunt Louise rushed for the kitty, and aunt Madge for the bird.
"Little Prudy" by Sophie May
Among the smaller birds are bright tanagers, and a species resembling the canary.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The forest birds liked to hear me just the same as those canaries.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
As he was taking his bird out one Sunday morning, the bottom of the cage came out, and the canary escaped.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Katie treated them with her birds' canary and hemp seed.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
When the canary bird of the heart begins to chirp, reason puts her fingers in her ears.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Set right down, Miss Peace, and let me feed you, same as I do my canary bird.
""Some Say"" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
And because of that they call me on the posters and in the theater programs the Canary Bird Snake.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
No, that one over there, the one that looks like a canary bird.
"Lucile Triumphant" by Elizabeth M. Duffield
For that lesson thou shalt have, Dead canary bird, a stave!
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
She looks thest ezzac'ly like a canary-bird, an' Buddy has tooken her off till we thest die a-laughin' every time we see her.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
It contained a number of bird-cages, such as are used for canaries.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood

In poetry:

"We know that the bird from the isles of Canary
Is fed, foreign airs to sing in a fine cage;
But your note from a cackle so seldom does vary,
The fancy of man it cannot much engage.
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Parrots, Canaries, Finches and Other Pet Birds at the National Cage Bird Show.
18th Annual International Canary & Finch Society Show and All-Bird Sale.
This event will be a judged Canary and Finch Show as well as an all-bird show and sale.
The forest canary ( Serinus scotops ) is a seed eater who can be attracted to backyard bird feeders.
No, I am not talking the parrots, canaries and macaws we all love — I am talking the wild bird variety.