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From Middle English canope, from Latin cōnōpēum ‎(curtain) (ultimately from Ancient Greek κωνωπεῖον ‎(kōnōpeîon)), through Medieval Latin canopeum, or possibly Old French conope, conopé (compare modern French canapé).



canopy ‎(plural canopies)

  1. A high cover providing shelter, such as a cloth supported above an object, particularly over a bed.
    • Dryden
      golden canopies and beds of state
  2. Any overhanging or projecting roof structure, typically over entrances or doors.
  3. The zone of the highest foliage and branches of a forest.
  4. In an airplane, the transparent cockpit cover.
  5. In a parachute, the cloth that fills with air and thus limits the falling speed.



canopy ‎(third-person singular simple present canopies, present participle canopying, simple past and past participle canopied)

  1. To cover with or as if with a canopy.
    • Milton
      A bank with ivy canopied.
  2. To go through the canopy of a forest on a zipline.

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