One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology and Botany. Long and straight with incurved edges, so as to resemble a gutter or channel; having a longitudinal groove or channel; having minute grooves or tubes.
2Having or provided with a canal or canals; especially (of land, a river, etc.) that has been canalled.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist. From canal + -ed.
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