Canaries


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ca·nar·y

 (kə-nâr′ē)
n. pl. ca·nar·ies
1. A small finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands that is greenish to yellow and has long been bred as a cage bird.
2. Slang
a. A woman singer.
b. An informer; a stool pigeon.
3. A sweet white wine from the Canary Islands, similar to Madeira.
4. A light to moderate or vivid yellow.

[French canari, from Spanish canario, of the Canary Islands, from (Islas) Canarias, Canary (Islands), from Late Latin Canāriae (Īnsulae), (islands) of dogs, from Latin canārius, pertaining to dogs, canine, from canis, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Canaries - a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa forming Spanish provincesCanaries - a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa forming Spanish provinces
Espana, Kingdom of Spain, Spain - a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
Tenerife - a Spanish island in the Atlantic off the northwestern coast of Africa; the largest of the Canary Islands
Translations
Kanárské ostrovy
De Kanariske Øer
Kanariansaaret
Kanarsko otočje
カナリア諸島
카나리아 제도
Kanarieöarna
หมู่เกาะแคนารี่
quần đảo Canary

Canaries

[kəˈnɛərɪz] NPL the Canarieslas Canarias

Canaries

[kəˈnɛərɪz] npl the Canariesle Canarie

Canaries

جُزُرُ الكَنَارِي Kanárské ostrovy De Kanariske Øer Kanaren Κανάριοι Νήσοι Canarias Kanariansaaret Canaries Kanarsko otočje isole Canarie カナリア諸島 카나리아 제도 Canarische Eilanden Kanariøyene Wyspy Kanaryjskie Ilhas Canárias Канарские острова Kanarieöarna หมู่เกาะแคนารี่ Kanarya Adaları quần đảo Canary 加那利群岛
References in classic literature ?
And presently the canaries, who had heard all about Doctor Dolittle from birds of passage, came and led him to a beautiful spring of cool, clear water where the canaries used to take their bath; and they showed him lovely meadows where the bird-seed grew and all the other sights of their island.
A little later, when they had all had plenty to eat and drink, and were lying on their backs while the canaries sang for them, two of the swallows came hurrying up, very flustered and excited.
And he called his animals together at once, said Good-by to the canaries and ran down to the beach.
They are almost as tame as the canaries, and they are perpetually let out like the canaries.
He bows to her, he habitually addresses her as "my angel," he carries his canaries to pay her little visits on his fingers and to sing to her, he kisses her hand when she gives him his cigarettes; he presents her with sugar-plums in return, which he puts into her mouth playfully, from a box in his pocket.
Sir Pitt came in first, very much flushed, and rather unsteady in his gait; and after him the butler, the canaries, Mr.
It must be a continent, or at least an island--one of the Canaries, or of the Cape Verde Islands.
There at a hole bored in one of the dragon-trees were some thousands of these ingenious insects, so common in all the Canaries, and whose produce is so much esteemed.
As I had been one voyage to this coast before, I knew very well that the islands of the Canaries, and the Cape de Verde Islands also, lay not far off from the coast.
Once or twice in the daytime I thought I saw the Pico of Teneriffe, being the high top of the Mountain Teneriffe in the Canaries, and had a great mind to venture out, in hopes of reaching thither; but having tried twice, I was forced in again by contrary winds, the sea also going too high for my little vessel; so, I resolved to pursue my first design, and keep along the shore.
As the spring came on, I grew more and more lonely, and fell back on the telegrapher and the cigar-maker and his canaries for companionship.
The fortune in being the first, in an invention or in a privilege, doth cause sometimes a wonderful overgrowth in riches; as it was with the first sugar man, in the Canaries.