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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.]
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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
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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
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Canaries

[kəˈnɛərɪz] npl the Canariesle Canarie
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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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.
He has only to set the doors of the canaries' cages open, and to call them, and the pretty little cleverly trained creatures perch fearlessly on his hand, mount his fat outstretched fingers one by one, when he tells them to "go upstairs," and sing together as if they would burst their throats with delight when they get to the top finger.
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. Therefore if a man can play the true logician, to have as well judgment, as invention, he may do great matters; especially if the times be fit.
They are certain to have canaries. Sir Harry, beware of canaries: they spit the seed out through the bars of the cages and then the mice come.
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.
One could go to the cigar factory and chat with the old German who raised canaries for sale, and look at his stuffed birds.
It was a little dialogue between asters and sweet-peas, wild canaries in the lilac bush, and the guardian spirit of the garden.
"Then we had canaries," he continued, "a pair of ring-doves, a lemur, and at one time a martin."
Commerce is not turbulent, nor is the public consumer besieged by loud invitations to "buy." Bird-fanciers have sought the congenial tranquillity of the scene; and pigeons coo, and canaries twitter, in Vauxhall Walk.
Sir Pitt came in first, very much flushed, and rather unsteady in his gait; and after him the butler, the canaries, Mr.
She was fond of feeding dependent creatures, and knew the private tastes of all the animals about the house, delighting in the little rippling sounds of her canaries when their beaks were busy with fresh seed, and in the small nibbling pleasures of certain animals which, lest she should appear too trivial, I will here call "the more familiar rodents."