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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.]

canary

(kəˈnɛərɪ)
n, pl -naries
1. (Animals) a small finch, Serinus canaria, of the Canary Islands and Azores: a popular cagebird noted for its singing. Wild canaries are streaked yellow and brown, but most domestic breeds are pure yellow
2. (Colours) See canary yellow
3. history Austral a convict
4. archaic a sweet wine from the Canary Islands similar to Madeira
[C16: from Old Spanish canario of or from the Canary Islands]

ca•nar•y

(kəˈnɛər i)

n., pl. -nar•ies.
1. a small, sweetly singing greenish yellow finch, Serinus canaria, of the Canary Islands and vicinity, often a brilliant to pale yellow in varieties bred as cage birds.
2. a light, clear yellow color.
3. Slang. informer (def. 1).
4. a sweet white wine of the Canary Islands.
[1585–95; < Sp (Isla)Canaria]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canary - someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
betrayer, blabber, informer, squealer, rat - one who reveals confidential information in return for money
2.canary - a female singer
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
3.canary - a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge
yellow, yellowness - yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
4.canary - any of several small Old World finchescanary - any of several small Old World finches
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Serinus, Serinus - Old World finches; e.g. canaries and serins
common canary, Serinus canaria - native to the Canary Islands and Azores; popular usually yellow cage bird noted for its song
Adj.1.canary - having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
عُصْفور كَناريكَنَاريّ
кaнaрчe
canari
kanárkanárek
kanariefugl
kanario
kanarialintu
kanarinac
kanárikanárimadárkanárisárga
burungkenari
kanarífugl
canarinocanarino domesticocanario
カナリアカナリヤ金糸雀
카나리아
canaria fringilla
kanarėlė
kanārijputniņš
kanárik
kanarček
kanariefågel
นกขมิ้น
chim hoàng yến

canary

[kəˈnɛərɪ]
A. Ncanario m
B. CPD the Canary Islands NPLlas Islas Canarias
canary seed Nalpiste m
canary yellow Namarillo m canario

canary

[kəˈnɛəri] ncanari m, serin m

canary

n
(old, = wine) → Kanarienwein m (old)
(dated US, sl, = female singer) → Sängerin f
attr (colour: also canary yellow) → kanariengelb

canary

[kəˈnɛərɪ] ncanarino

canary

(kəˈneəri) plural caˈnaries noun
a type of small, yellow, singing bird, kept as a pet.

canary

كَنَاريّ kanár kanariefugl Kanarienvogel καναρίνι canario kanarialintu canari kanarinac canarino カナリア 카나리아 kanarie kanarifugl kanarek canário канарейка kanariefågel นกขมิ้น kanarya chim hoàng yến 金丝雀
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Polly uttered not a syllable in reply, but swung to and fro with dignified condescension; while a pretty canary, as yellow as gold, that had lately been brought from his sunny fragrant home, began to sing aloud.
The copying-clerk, or, as the lady said, the brown field-bird, was put into a small cage, close to the Canary, and not far from "my good Polly.
Crawley, haughtily, "to call the dish as I have called it"; and it was served to us on silver soup plates by the footmen in the canary coats, with the mouton aux navets.
From these Mr Venus rescues the canary in a glass case, and shows it to the boy.
At one house near Moorfields, they found in one of the rooms some canary birds in cages, and these they cast into the fire alive.
In a few minutes, a lovely little coach, made of glass, with lining as soft as whipped cream and chocolate pudding, and stuffed with canary feathers, pulled out of the stable.
The first was this: our ship making her course towards the Canary Islands, or rather between those islands and the African shore, was surprised in the grey of the morning by a Turkish rover of Sallee, who gave chase to us with all the sail she could make.
and a Canary called out in a trembling voice to its children, `Come away, my dears
The nut-crackers played at leap-frog, and the slate-pencil ran about the slate; there was such a noise that the canary woke up and began to talk to them, in poetry too
Baroness Shilton, a friend of Petritsky's, with a rosy little face and flaxen hair, resplendent in a lilac satin gown, and filling the whole room, like a canary, with her Parisian chatter, sat at the round table making coffee.
Lest anybody should feel a curiosity to know how Kit was clad, it may be briefly remarked that he wore no livery, but was dressed in a coat of pepper-and-salt with waistcoat of canary colour, and nether garments of iron-grey; besides these glories, he shone in the lustre of a new pair of boots and an extremely stiff and shiny hat, which on being struck anywhere with the knuckles, sounded like a drum.
The subject of this laudation was a very little canary, who was so tame that he was brought down by Mr.