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


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: 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 Ryckaert
Cookies, chocolates and "canna-capsules," filled with cannabis oil, were displayed in a case.Alaska Dispatch News
: relating to or involving the sale or use of cannabis
usually used in combination
products for the cannacurious
… for now, Marijuana Mansion—much like the equally photogenic International Church of Cannabis in Wash Park—is the kind of destination canna-tourists often seek out for selfies.Beth Rankin
The city approved marijuana entertainment facilities and allowing hotels to sell cannabis in order to boost "cannatourism."Ani Gasparyan

Examples of canna in a Sentence

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Many common plants that are hardy down to Zone 7, like rosemary, canna lilies or agave, would suffer significant damage or death from those temperatures, especially during a long cold snap. NPR, 12 May 2024 Organically rich Soil pH: 6.0-7.0 Not actually a lily, cannas have banana-leaf-like foliage and tropical looking blooms. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2024 There are many alternatives – cannas, clumping bamboo, flax, purple potato bush, geraniums – that give a lush tropical look with less water. Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 The leaves of common garden plants like dahlia, canna, heuchera, hibiscus, sedum, and oxalis can look dark, moody, and striking. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 31 July 2023 Those scent-forward chemical compounds occur naturally in a range of plants including, of course, cannabis, and can add a canna-like, earthy or fruity bouquet to your drink with each lift of the glass. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 Bulbs: Asiatic lilies, achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, Amazon lily, blackberry lily, blood lily, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, dahlia, eucharis lily, gingers, gladioli, gloriosa lily, society garlic, tuberous begonias, and rain lily. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 There is a canna called Bengal Tiger. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 27 Jan. 2022 My doc now brings me canna bread. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020

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Word History



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


short for cannabis

First Known Use


1582, in the meaning defined above


1997, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of canna was in 1582

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“Canna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


can·​na ˈkan-ə How to pronounce canna (audio)
: a tall tropical herb with large leaves and bright-colored flowers
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