From French canarie, from Spanish canario, from the Latin Canariae insulae (“Canary Islands”) (Spanish Islas Canarias); from the largest island Insula Canaria (“Dog Island" or "Canine Island”), named for its dogs, from canārius (“canine”), from canis (“dog”).
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kəˈnɛəɹi/
- (US) IPA(key): /kəˈnɛəɹi/
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- A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
- Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
- A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
- (countable, uncountable) A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
- A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
- Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
- (computing) A value placed in memory such that it will be the first data corrupted by a buffer overflow, allowing the program to identify and recover from it.
- (computing) A change that is tested by being rolled out first to a subset of machines or users before rolling out to all.
- (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
- (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
- (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of the short-acting barbiturate pentobarbital/pentobarbitone (Nembutal).
- (Australia, informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.
- 1993 September 12, Jacco Zwetsloot, “Warning About Speed Traps”, in alt.folklore.urban, Usenet:
- The tendency in these types of situations (as far as I can see) is that because I don't think the act itself is illegal, the police will go through your vehicle systematically loking[sic] for anything wrong with it, to slap a canary on it (that's slang for an unroadworthy sticker) or present you with some other fine.
- 2003 February 14, Noddy, “Spare tyres”, in aus.cars, Usenet:
- You don't have to carry a spare wheel for a car to be roadworthy, and if you *do* carry one, it doesn't have to be in a roadworthy condition *unless* you fit it [to] the car and drive on it.
If it's not and you get pinched, expect a canary...
- (informant): See Thesaurus:informant
- Abyssinian grosbeak canary (Crithagra donaldsoni)
- Atlantic canary (Serinus canaria)
- black-faced canary (Crithagra capistratus)
- black-headed canary (Serinus alario)
- black-throated canary (Crithagra atrogularis)
- brimstone canary (Crithagra sulphuratus)
- bully canary (Crithagra sulphuratus)
- bush canary (Mohoua ochrocephala)
- canarybird flower (Tropaeolum peregrinum)
- canarybird vine (Tropaeolum peregrinum)
- canary bird
- canary creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum)
- canary clover (Dorycnium hirsutum)
- canary fit
- canary-flycatcher (in genus Culicicapa)
- canary flyrobin (Devioeca papuana)
- canary in a coal mine
- canary grass (Phalaris canariensis)
- canary nasturtium (Tropaeolum peregrinum)
- canary parakeet
- canarypox (Canarypox virus)
- canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger)
- canary-winged finch (Melanodera melanodera)
- canary-winged parakeet (Brotogeris versicolurus)
- canary wood, canary whitewood
- canary yellow
- Cape canary (Serinus canicollis)
- climate canary
- common canary (Serinus canaria)
- Damara canary (Serinus alario leucolaema)
- domestic canary (Serinus canaria)
- forest canary (Crithagra scotops)
- island canary (Serinus canaria)
- Kenya grosbeak-canary (Crithagra buchanani)
- lemon-breasted canary (Crithagra citrinipectus)
- miner's canary
- Missouri canary
- northern grosbeak-canary (Crithagra donaldsoni)
- papyrus canary (Crithagra koliensis)
- protea canary (Crithagra leucoptera)
- Rocky Mountain canary
- sea canary (Delphinapterus leucas)
- sing like a canary
- southern grosbeak-canary (Crithagra buchanani)
- stack canary
- white-bellied canary (Crithagra dorsostriatus)
- white-throated canary (Crithagra albogularis)
- yellow-eyed canary, yellow-fronted canary (Crithagra mozambica)
- yellow-crowned canary (Serinus flavivertex)
- warrant canary
- Of a light yellow colour.
- (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
- (slang) to inform or snitch, to betray secrets, especially about illegal activities.
- (computing) to test a software change by rolling out to a small set of machines or users before making it available to all.
- (to inform): See Thesaurus:rat out