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cana

cana(
kah
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nah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (hair)
a. gray hair
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
A mi hermana menor ya le están saliendo canas.My younger sister is already getting gray hairs.
b. grey hair (United Kingdom)
Tienes una cana en el bigote, Papi.You have a grey hair in your moustache, Daddy.
c. white hair
La bruja tenía el cabello negro azabache con una sola cana larga.The witch's hair was jet black with just one long white hair.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(prison)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. jail
¡Vas a la cana por corrupto, Sr. President!You're going to jail for being corrupt, Mr. President!
b. can
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Conocí a muchos criminales en la cana.I met a lot of criminals in the can.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(police) (Southern Cone)
a. cops
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
No le des pretexto a la cana para detenerte.Don't give the cops an excuse to arrest you.
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cana
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. gray hair
2. (colloquial)
a.
echar una cana al aireto let one's hair down
3. (colloquial)
a.
peinar canasto be getting on, to be old
4. (colloquial)
a. nick (United Kingdom)
b. joint
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
5. (colloquial) (River Plate)
a.
la canathe cops
cana
(also canas) white o grey o gray hair; (EEUU)
echar una cana al aire to let one's hair down
faltar a las canas to show a lack of respect for one's elders
peinar canas to be getting on
cana (Latinoamérica)
1 (cárcel) jail; (celda) prison cell
caer en cana to land in jail
2 (policía) police
(policía) policeman
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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