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Body of work considered to represent the highest literary standards.

[n] a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
[n] a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
[n] a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy; "the neoclassical canon"; "canons of polite society"
[n] a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
[n] (North America) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
[n] a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter

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