Definition of canella
1 less commonly canela plural -s : cinnamon
2 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
3 or canella alba \-ˈalbə also -ˈȯ-\ or canella bark less commonly canelo \-ˈne(ˌ)lō, -ˈā-\ [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
4 less commonly canela \-ˈnelə, -ˈā-\ 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
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Origin and Etymology of canella
Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin canna reed; from the shape of the rolls of prepared bark
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