can·​na | \ ˈka-nə How to pronounce canna (audio) \
plural cannas or canna

Definition of canna

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Canna of the family Cannaceae) of tropical herbs with simple stems, large leaves, and a terminal raceme of irregular flowers Canna seeds need to be scarified by filing through the hard shells before they germinate.— Tony Tomeo A cinch to care for, cannas flower best in full sun and in rich soil that is moist, but not boggy.— Susan Appleget Hurst Canna, certain types of iris and the calla lily are all rhizomatous.— Mobee Weinstein



Definition of canna (Entry 2 of 2)

: containing or infused with cannabis canna butter canna oil often used in combination Pot-laced butter, or cannabutter, is the key ingredient in a growing market for edible pot-goodies such as cookies, brownies and even macaroni and cheese.— Vic RyckaertCookies, chocolates and "canna-capsules," filled with cannabis oil, were displayed in a case.Alaska Dispatch News

Examples of canna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Panel topics will include legal; marketing; risk management; accounting; data, technology and retail; culture and community; investment and starting a canna-business. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 23 May 2022 Truss’ Hatcher finds that the beverages appeal not just to the regular cannabis user, but the canna-curious. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Perfect for the canna-friendly queen in your life, let the stress melt away in the bathtub with a chic Her Highness CBD Bath Balm. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 But, take it from a canna-elder, this is not capitalism as usual. Amanda Reiman, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 Since that announcement, there has been a seismic shift in the canna-business landscape. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2020 What is producing the white, cottony areas on my canna leaves? Tom Maccubbin,, 5 Sep. 2020 Perry says there are many good choices such as passion flowers for vines, canna lilies and crocosmia for a tropical look, and color-changing lantanas. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2020 Set out bulbs like Amaryllis belladonna, nerine, pineapple lily (Eucomis) canna, and calla. Sunset Magazine, 3 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of canna


1582, in the meaning defined above


1997, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canna


New Latin, genus name, from Latin, reed — more at cane


short for cannabis

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3 Jun 2022

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“Canna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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