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1200 - 1300: Anglo-French speak of 'canevaz' which means made of cannabis

The word 'canvas' is derived from the 13th century Anglo-French 'canevaz' and the Old-French 'canevas'. Both may be derivatives of the Vulgar Latin 'cannapaceus' (originating from the Greek 'Κάνναβις') meaning: "made of cannabis”.[1]

Canvas is a heavy, closely woven fabric used for making sails, tents, covers, awnings and other functions where sturdiness is required.


1.Etymology Dictionary.
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