canna

noun
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

canna

adjective

Definition of canna (Entry 2 of 2)

: containing or infused with cannabis canna butter canna oil often used in combinationPot-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 The garden features rhododendrons, roses, canna, hostas, shade plants and varieties of shrubs, topiaries and trees. cleveland.com, "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, nola.com, "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. courant.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Coming soon to a party near you: marijuana users, and there's a wide variety of them," 7 June 2019 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of canna

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1997, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canna

Noun

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

Adjective

short for cannabis

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27 Apr 2020

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“Canna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canna. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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