or less commonly canela plural -s : cinnamon
capitalized [New Latin, from Medieval Latin, cinnamon] : a monotypic genus of trees (order Parietales) having alternate simple entire leathery gland-dotted leaves and flowers with three sepals and producing a berry
or canella alba
-ˈalbə also -ˈȯ-
or canella bark or less commonly canelo
[canella from New Latin canella; canella alba from New Latin Canella alba, synonym of Canella winterana; canelo from American Spanish, from Spanish, cinnamon tree, from canela cinnamon, from Medieval Latin canella] : the highly aromatic orange-colored inner bark of a tree (Canella alba or C. winterana) used as a condiment and in medicine as a tonic

called also white cinnamon

or less commonly canela
or canelo [canella from New Latin canella; canela from American Spanish, from Spanish, cinnamon; canelo, from American Spanish, from Spanish, cinnamon tree] : any of various trees of the family Lauraceae

Word History


Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin canna reed; from the shape of the rolls of prepared bark

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“Canella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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