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canal

noun [C] uk   /kəˈnæl/ us  

canal noun [C] (WATER ROUTE)

B1 a long, thin stretch of water that is artificially made either for boats to travel along or for taking water from one area to another: The Panama Canal provides a crucial shipping link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

canal noun [C] (TUBE IN BODY)

specialized medical a narrow tube through which air, fluid, or other substances can pass: The alimentary canal is the path by which food enters the body, and solid waste is passed out.
(Definition of canal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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