canal ( canals plural )
1 n-count A canal is a long, narrow stretch of water that has been made for boats to travel along or to bring water to a particular area.
...the Grand Union Canal., ...Venetian canals and bridges.
2 n-count A canal is a narrow tube inside your body for carrying food, air, or other substances. usu supp N ...delaying the food's progress through the alimentary canal.
alimentary canal ( alimentary canals plural ) The alimentary canal in a person or animal is the passage in their body through which food passes from their mouth to their anus. n-count
canal boat ( canal boats plural ) A canal boat is a long, narrow boat used for travelling on canals. n-count
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