A canal.



  • An artificial waterway or artificially improved river used for travel, shipping, or irrigation.
  • A tubular channel within the body.
  • One of the faint, hazy markings resembling straight lines on early telescopic images of the surface of Mars.


  • To dig an artificial waterway in or to (a place), especially for drainage
  • To travel along a canal by boat


  • Borrowed from Middle French canal, from Old French canal, from Latin canālis ("channel; canal"), from canālis, from canna, from Ancient Greek κάννα ("reed"), from Akkadian 𒄀 ("reed"), from Sumerian 𒄀𒈾. channel.

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