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 ?
One could go to the cigar factory and chat with the old German who raised canaries for sale, and look at his stuffed birds.
Bird-fanciers have sought the congenial tranquillity of the scene; and pigeons coo, and canaries twitter, in Vauxhall Walk.
As I laid down my pen, a moment since, to think of it, the air from the sea came blowing in again, mixed with the perfume of the flowers; and I saw the old-fashioned furniture brightly rubbed and polished, my aunt's inviolable chair and table by the round green fan in the bow-window, the drugget-covered carpet, the cat, the kettle-holder, the two canaries, the old china, the punchbowl full of dried rose-leaves, the tall press guarding all sorts of bottles and pots, and, wonderfully out of keeping with the rest, my dusty self upon the sofa, taking note of everything.
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.
Du Bousquier was preferable to a dog, or cat, or those canaries that spinsters love.
It must be a continent, or at least an island--one of the Canaries, or of the Cape Verde Islands.
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.
The little ducks were swimming about in the pond, looking just like a lot of yellow canaries, and their mother, who was pure white with real red legs, was trying to teach them how to stand on their heads in the water.
At Ekshaisk (a little town fifteen miles off) there's a rich old merchant, who keeps a lot of canaries, has no children, and he and his wife are devoted to flowers.
A very low place--lodging-houses, you know, with canaries in the window.
Then we had canaries," he continued, "a pair of ring-doves, a lemur, and at one time a martin.
It was a little dialogue between asters and sweet-peas, wild canaries in the lilac bush, and the guardian spirit of the garden.