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

Definition of canna

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: 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 Since that announcement, there has been a seismic shift in the canna-business landscape. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "An exclusive first look at Jay-Z’s new cannabis brand: sleek, cigar-inspired pot luxe," 10 Dec. 2020 What is producing the white, cottony areas on my canna leaves? Tom Maccubbin,, "Leave grapefruits on trees for a few more months," 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, "10 ways to make your backyard feel like a vacation getaway: Start with a simple hammock," 16 Aug. 2020 Set out bulbs like Amaryllis belladonna, nerine, pineapple lily (Eucomis) canna, and calla. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 The garden features rhododendrons, roses, canna, hostas, shade plants and varieties of shrubs, topiaries and trees., "Clint Williams leaves a legacy of “grand” genuineness: Olmsted Dates and Data," 8 Sep. 2019 Story Continued Below Plant summer blooming bulbs such as crocosmia, gingers, lilies, canna, pineapple lily (Eucomis), elephant ears, crinum, agapanthus and others. Dan Gill,, "Now’s the time to plant summer blooming bulbs," 20 Apr. 2019 His displays include dahlias, cannas, calla lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, rhododendrons, pink, white, purple, roses, peonies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, clematis, lupines and many others., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019 Kagia predicted that Illinois — one of the first states in the Midwest to offer recreational weed — will attract more out-of-state visitors and develop a canna-tourism industry. Robert Mccoppin,, "Coming soon to a party near you: marijuana users, and there's a wide variety of them," 7 June 2019

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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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“Canna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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