From a combination of Old French chanevas, chenevas and Old Picard canevach. The Old French comes from a root ultimately derived from Latin *canapus, from cannabis, such as that of chanvre, possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *cannabāceus or *cannapāceus, and the Old Picard comes from Old Northern French canevas, of the ultimately the same origin as the previous word. Compare English canvas, itself borrowed from Old Northern French through Anglo-Norman.
canevas m (plural canevas)
- "canevas" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
canevas m (oblique plural canevas, nominative singular canevas, nominative plural canevas)
- Alternative form of chenevas.