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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

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

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

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

That's what the cat said to the canary when he swallowed him - 'You'll be all right.'
Alvah Bessie

Measles is probably the best argument for why there needs to be global health, and why we have to think about it as a global public good. Because in a sense, measles is the canary in the coal mine for immunization. It is, you know, highly transmissible. The vaccine costs 15 cents, so it's not - you know, shouldn't be an issue in terms of cost.
Seth Berkley
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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
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