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A strong, thick, durable cloth made of natural fibers such as hemp, flax, cotton, or jute. The name probably came from cannabis, the Latin term for hemp. Canvas cloth has been used for centuries to make sails, tents, and large carrying bags. A lighter variety, known as artists' canvas, is used for oil paintings.

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"Canvas texture, February 15, 2009" by Karen is licensed under CC BY.

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