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canvas (n.)

"sturdy cloth made from hemp or flax," mid-14c., from Anglo-French canevaz, Old North French canevach, Old French chanevaz "canvas," literally "made of hemp, hempen," noun use of Vulgar Latin adjective *cannapaceus "made of hemp," from Latin cannabis, from Greek kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word (see cannabis).

Latin adjectives in -aceus sometimes were made in Romanic languages into nouns of augmentative or pejorative force. Especially as a surface for oil paintings from c. 1700; hence "an oil painting" (1764).

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Definitions of canvas
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canvas (n.)
a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents);
Synonyms: canvass
canvas (n.)
an oil painting on canvas fabric;
Synonyms: canvass
canvas (n.)
the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account;
the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound
the crowded canvas of history
Synonyms: canvass
canvas (n.)
a tent made of canvas fabric;
Synonyms: canvas tent / canvass
canvas (n.)
a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel;
Synonyms: sail / canvass / sheet
canvas (n.)
the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete;
the boxer picked himself up off the canvas
Synonyms: canvass
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canvas (v.)
cover with canvas;
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