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From Proto-Italic *kaznos, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱas- (compare Welsh cannu (to whiten), ceinach (hare), English hare, Latin cascus (old), Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthós, yellow), Old Prussian sasnis (hare), Pashto سوی (soe, hare), Sanskrit शश (śaśa, hare)).



cānus (feminine cāna, neuter cānum); first/second declension

  1. white
  2. hoary
  3. (of water) frothy
  4. (of hair) gray


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative cānus cāna cānum cānī cānae cāna
genitive cānī cānae cānī cānōrum cānārum cānōrum
dative cānō cānō cānīs
accusative cānum cānam cānum cānōs cānās cāna
ablative cānō cānā cānō cānīs
vocative cāne cāna cānum cānī cānae cāna

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  • canus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • canus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “canus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • canus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette