The Alternative Portuguese Dictionary: cana

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cana Alternative forms: canna (superseded) pronunciation
  • (Brazil) /ˈkɐ.na/, /ˈkɐ.nɐ/
etymology 1 From Latin canna, from Ancient Greek κάννα 〈kánna〉, from Akkadian 𒄀 〈𒄀〉, from Sumerian 𒄀𒈾 〈𒄀𒈾〉.
noun: {{pt-noun}}
  1. sugarcane ''Saccharum officinarum'', tropical grass from which sugar is extracted
  2. any plant with a fibrous, elongate stalk, such as a sugarcane or bamboo
  3. canna any plant of the genus ''Canna''
  4. (Brazil, informal) cachaça Brazilian rum made of sugarcane
Synonyms: (sugarcane) cana-de-açúcar, (cachaça) aguardente, aguardente de cana, cachaça, canha (Rio Grande do Sul), pinga
related terms:
  • canal
  • caneta
  • cano
etymology 2 unknown.
noun: {{pt-noun}}
  1. (Brazil, slang) gaol; prison
Synonyms: cadeia, prisão, xadrez (Brazil)
noun: {{pt-noun}}
  1. (Brazil, slang) cop; police officer
Synonyms: polícia, policial, tira (slang)

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