noun can·o·py \ˈka-nə-pē\

: a piece of cloth that hangs over a bed, throne, etc., as a decoration or shelter

: something that hangs or spreads out over an area

: the highest layer of branches in a forest or on a tree

plural can·o·pies

Full Definition of CANOPY

a :  a cloth covering suspended over a bed
b :  a cover (as of cloth) fixed or carried above a person of high rank or a sacred object :  baldachin
c :  a protective covering: as
(1) :  the uppermost spreading branchy layer of a forest (2) :  awning, marquee
:  an ornamental rooflike structure
a :  the transparent enclosure over an airplane cockpit
b :  the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air

Examples of CANOPY

  1. A canopy hung over the altar.
  2. <trees line both sides of the garden path, with their foliage forming a leafy canopy for walkers>

Origin of CANOPY

Middle English canope, from Medieval Latin canopeum mosquito net, from Latin conopeum, from Greek kōnōpion, from kōnōps mosquito
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra



Definition of CANOPY

transitive verb
:  to cover with or as if with a canopy

First Known Use of CANOPY

CANOPYING Defined for Kids


noun can·o·py \ˈka-nə-pē\
plural can·o·pies

Definition of CANOPY for Kids

:  a covering fixed over a bed or throne or carried on poles (as over a person of high rank)
:  something that hangs over and shades or shelters something else
:  the uppermost spreading layer of a forest


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