"cantons" in the noun sense
1. Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow, Canton
a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
a small administrative division of a country
"cantons" in the verb sense
1. quarter, billet, canton
provide housing for (military personnel)
divide into cantons, of a country
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