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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 RyckaertCookies, chocolates and "canna-capsules," filled with cannabis oil, were displayed in a case.Alaska Dispatch News

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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 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 The garden features rhododendrons, roses, canna, hostas, shade plants and varieties of shrubs, topiaries and trees., 8 Sep. 2019 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2018

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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 above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canna was in 1582

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“Canna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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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