• WordNet 3.6
    • n canna any plant of the genus Canna having large sheathing leaves and clusters of large showy flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Canna (Bot) 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.
    • n Canna A measure of length in Italy, varying from six to seven feet. See Cane, 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n canna [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. They are natives of the tropics, and there are many species and varieties in cultivation for their singular showy flowers and very ornamental foliage. The common Indian shot of gardens is C. Indica. The rootstocks are farinaceous, and the tuberous roots of some species are used as a vegetable. A species cultivated in the West Indies, supposed to be the C. edulis of South America, yields a kind of starch or arrowroot known as tous-les-mois.
    • n canna The upright shaft or stem of any ornamental object or utensil, especially when of metal, as of a candlestick.
    • n canna Eccles., the pipe or tube by which the sacred wine was taken from the chalice. See calamus, 4. These tubes were made of precious material, frequently of silver. In a few cases the canna seems to have been fixed to the chalice.
    • n canna A linear measure in use in some parts of Italy. Its length varies from 44 to 118 inches, according to the locality in which it is used and the material to which it is applied. The canna of Malta is 82.2 inches.
    • n canna [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of lepidopterous insects.
    • n canna A name of the eland, Oreas canna.
    • n canna Cotton-grass, a plant of the genus Eriophorum.
    • n canna Cannot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Canna kan′na a genus of reed-like plants—Indian shot: the upright stem of a candlestick, &c.: the tube by which the wine was taken from the chalice.
    • n Canna kan′na cotton-grass.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a reed. See Cane
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gael. cánach.


In literature:

But it canna' be helpit.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Well, well, I canna fecht wi' ye, for I'm no the man I was once.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
He that winna be counselled canna be helped.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
Ye canna' see your hand afore ye.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
And to tell ye the God's truth, it's a thing I canna mend.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
After Cannae, Rome lies faint from haemorrhage, but rises a new city.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
They canna but be rebuked at the sight of a man that, maybe against their will, poor fellows, they were sent to oppress.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
LABIA PALAZZO, on the Canna Reggio.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
If I canna find Lapraik, I'll join ye, and the twa of us'll have a crack wi' him.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I cannae bear the sight of it, he'll never play it mair.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

There Sophy tight, a lassie bright,
Besides a handsome fortune:
Wha canna win her in a night,
Has little art in courtin'.
"The Tarbolton Lasses" by Robert Burns
The Deil he couldna scaith thee,
Or aught that wad belang thee;
He'd look into thy bonnie face
And say, 'I canna wrang thee!'
"Bonie Lesley" by Robert Burns
But though ye canna behaud, birdie,
Ye needna gar a'thing wheesht!
I'm noucht but a hirplin herdie,
But I hae a sang i' my breist!
"I Ken Something" by George MacDonald
O weary, weary's the weird atweel,
That ilka ane has to dree,
Wha lays his han's on God's holy things,
An' thinks that He canna see.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
Than out and cam the Jewis dochter,
Said, "Will ye cum in and dine?"
"I winnae cum in, I cannae cum in,
Without my play-feres nine."
"The Jew's Daughter" by Anonymous British
In dowie mood, ae simmer day,
Alang the bank an' up the dell,
I wanner'd on. There's something wrang,
I said, but what I canna tell.
"Sheepieknowe: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Cannas come in and out of style.
Some species are called "water cannas " and are grown in water.
Most cannas do best in full sun and moist soil.
Some cannas , the "foliage" types, have insignificant flowers and are grown for the huge leaves.
A mushroom came up in my potted canna/creeping Jenny combination.
Elephant ears and canna lilies add a great tropical look to the garden with their broad and sometimes bright leaves, but Kansas winters are generally a little too much for them.
Learn to grow beautiful summer-flowering bulbs such as canna, calla, gladiolus, and more.
It's 4:20, Howz about some 'Canna- Cola .
The first item on my list is to dig up the rest of my dahlias, cannas and gladioli.
Along with cannas, palms and elephant ears, they can give any backyard the aura of an idyllic South Sea island -- at least for the summer.
The Colbert Canna Pageant is set for May 12 at the Colbert Auditorium, but the deadline for contestants to enter is April 24.
Tropical Salmon is compact canna lily.
How to put dahlias, cannas, and glads into winter hibernation.

In science:

In this section we will recall some basic facts about Nijenhuis operators and Poisson structures on Lie algebroids which we will need later. A general reference for Lie algebroids is the book by Cannas da Silva and Weinstein .
Modular classes of Poisson-Nijenhuis Lie algebroids
Cannas Da Silva, Lectures on Symplectic Geometry Springer Lect.
Simple Hamiltonian manifolds
Cannas da Silva, Lectures On Symplectic Geometry, Springer, 2001.
On the local and global classification of generalized complex structures
Cannas da Silva A., Weinstein A., Geometric models for noncommutative algebras, Berkeley Mathematics Lecture Notes, Vol. 10, Amer.
Poisson Manifolds, Lie Algebroids, Modular Classes: a Survey
Cannas, Emergent self-organized complex network topology out of stability constraints, Phys.
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey