canary seed

noun

Definition of canary seed

: seed of a Canary Islands grass (Phalaris canariensis) used as food for cage birds

First Known Use of canary seed

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Canary seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canary%20seed. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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