Often Offensive Slang
A Canadian, especially a French Canadian.
[Possibly from alteration of CANADA or from Hawaiian kanaka, man, human being (from Proto-Polynesian *tangata (the Hawaiian word perhaps coming to refer to French Canadians because both Hawaiians and French Canadians worked in the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest)).]
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