canary seed
noun Date: 1597 seed of a Canary Islands grass (Phalaris canariensis) used as food for cage birds

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  • canary seed — noun a mixture of seeds used to feed caged birds • Hypernyms: ↑bird feed, ↑bird food, ↑birdseed * * * noun Etymology: from Canary Islands 1. : seed of the canary grass used as food for cage birds compare …   Useful english dictionary

  • canary seed — blend of Canary Islands grass seeds used as bird food …   English contemporary dictionary

  • canary seed — canar′y seed n. birdseed • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • canary seed — /kəˈnɛəri sid/ (say kuh nairree seed) noun → birdseed …   Australian English dictionary

  • canary seed — birdseed. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • canary grass — or reed canary grass n. an annual European grass (Phalaris canariensis) with thimble shaped heads of seeds (canary seed) used as food for cage birds …   English World dictionary

  • Canary grass — Taxobox name = Canary grass image width = 250px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Poales familia = Poaceae genus = Phalaris species = P. canariensis binomial = Phalaris canariensis binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • Canary — Ca*na ry, a. [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds. [1913 Webster] 2. Of a pale yellowish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canary grass — Canary Ca*na ry, a. [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds. [1913 Webster] 2. Of a pale… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canary stone — Canary Ca*na ry, a. [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds. [1913 Webster] 2. Of a pale… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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