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noun (canaries)
  1. a small, usually yellow, finch, a songbird native to the Canary Islands .
  2. (colour) a light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
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    1. a light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands
    2. a lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries)
    3. (colloquial) a female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
    4. any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour
    5. (slang) an informer or snitch, squealer (someone who "sings" to the police)
    6. (slang) (yellow) capsule of barbiturate Nembutalâ¢
    7. (italbrac, metaphorically) Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
    8. (context, Australian English, colloquial) A sticker of unroadworthiness.
verb (canar, i, ed)
  1. (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
adjective ((compar): more canary, (superl): most canary)
  1. (colour) of a light yellow colour.
Etymology: From the Latin Canaria insula, Canary Islands (Islas Canarias); named for its dogs (canis).


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