The branches and leaves (or needles) of tree crowns in a forest. There can be several layers of canopy, each layer being a microhabitat for differing species of canopy dwellers such as birds, insects, epiphytes, or primates.

Skydiving terminology used to refer to the skydiver's reserve parachute or main parachute.

Modern skydiving canopies make use of ram-air technology.

Can"o*py (?), n.; pl. Canopies (#). [Oe. canopie, F. canop'esofa, Of canop'ee, canopeu, canopieu, canopy, vail, pavilion (cf. It. canepecanopy, sofa), LL. canopeum a bed with mosquito curtains, fr. Gr. , fr. gnat, cone + face. See Cone, and Optic.]


A covering fixed over a bed, dais, or the like, or carried on poles over an exalted personage or a sacred object, etc. chiefly as a mark of honor.

"Golden canoniec and beds of state."


2. Arch. (a)

An ornamental projection, over a door, window, niche, etc.


Also, a roofike covering, supported on pilars over an altar, a statue, a fountain, etc.


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Can"o*py, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canopes (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Canopying.]

To cover with, or as with, a canopy.

"A bank with ivy canopied."



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