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