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Definition of Canary


  1. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds.
  2. Of a pale yellowish color; as, Canary stone.
  3. Wine made in the Canary Islands; sack.
  4. A canary bird.
  5. A pale yellow color, like that of a canary bird.
  6. A quick and lively dance.
  7. To perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper.

Canary Quotations

Like the canary in the coal mine, the climate changes already evident in the Arctic are a call to action.
Susan Collins

This is why I personally care about diversity: it's the canary in the coal mine for meritocracy. When we see extremely skewed demographics, we have very good reason to suspect that something is wrong with our selection process, that it's not actually as meritocratic as it could be. And I believe that is exactly what is happening in Silicon Valley.
Eric Ries

If any country was a mine-shaft canary for the reintroduction of cholera, it was Haiti - and we knew it. And in retrospect, more should have been done to prepare for cholera... which can spread like wildfire in Haiti... This was a big rebuke to all of us working in public health and health care in Haiti.
Paul Farmer

Israel is the canary in the mine. What happens to Israel will eventually happen to America itself.
David Horowitz

I'm always amazed by those people who get up at 5 and write till 8 and then eat a peach and walk their canary and write two hours more and then are free to collect firewood for the rest of the afternoon. Because I just walk around thinking about plays, and when they seem ready, I don't get out of my robe, and I sit down for a week and draft them.
Richard Greenberg
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Canary Translations

canary in Afrikaans is Kanaries
canary in Dutch is kanarie
canary in Dutch is Canarisch
canary in German is Kanarienvogel
canary in Spanish is canario