Canada



a dry riverbed.
a small, deep canyon.
a nation in N North America: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 3,690,410 sq. mi. (9,558,160 sq. km).
Capital: Ottawa.
Contemporary Examples

How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches ProPublica March 12, 2014
From Gore to Kennedy, Democrats Have Their Own Shady Voter ID Past Matt Latimer September 13, 2012
Can This Taco Save America? Daniel Gross March 11, 2013
What Would A Referendum on Peace Ask? Brent E. Sasley July 23, 2013
The U.S. Terror Connection Philip Shenon December 20, 2009

Historical Examples

Marguerite De Roberval T. G. Marquis
Harriet, The Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford
Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
Harriet, The Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford
The Reason Why Elinor Glyn

noun
a country in North America: the second largest country in the world; first permanent settlements by Europeans were made by the French from 1605; ceded to Britain in 1763 after a series of colonial wars; established as the Dominion of Canada in 1867; a member of the Commonwealth. It consists generally of sparsely inhabited tundra regions, rich in natural resources, in the north, the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Canadian Shield in the east, and vast central prairies; the bulk of the population is concentrated along the US border and the Great Lakes in the south. Languages: English and French. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Canadian dollar. Capital: Ottawa. Pop: 34 568 211 (2013 est). Area: 9 976 185 sq km (3 851 809 sq miles)

Note: A French explorer founded Quebec in 1608.

Note: It is an ally of the United States, though conflict has arisen over environmental and trade issues. Each country is the other’s leading partner in world trade (see North American Free Trade Agreement).

Note: The border between Canada and the United States is the longest unguarded border in the world.

Note: Canada has experienced recurring tension arising from a separatist movement in French-speaking Quebec province. In 1995, separatists were narrowly defeated in a referendum.

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