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A canary bird (1)

Etymology

From the Latin Canaria insula, Canary Islands (Islas Canarias); named for its dogs (canis).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
canary

Plural
canaries

canary (canaries)
  1. A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
  2. Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
  3. (color) A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
    canary colour:   
  4. A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
  5. A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
  6. Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
  7. (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
  8. (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
  9. (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutal™ barbiturate.
  10. (Australia, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A sticker of unroadworthiness.

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Adjective

canary (comparative: more canary, superlative: most canary)

  1. (color) of a light yellow colour.

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Verb

Infinitive
to canary

Third person singular
canar

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
i

to canary (third-person singular simple present canar, present participle i, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)

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