Alternative spelling of canvass.
- With sails spread.
- In a tent or tents.
- the canvas-covered floor of a boxing ring
- in tents
- with sails unfurled
Other Word Forms of Canvas
Origin of Canvas
From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French canevas (compare Old French chanevas, chenevas) from a root ultimately derived from Latin cannabis, possibly a Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus or *cannapāceus. Cf. French canevas, resulting from a blend of the Old French and a Picard dialect word, itself from Old Northern French.
Middle English canevas from Old French and from Medieval Latin canavāsium both ultimately from Latin cannabis hemp cannabis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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