What is “canonical tag” in SEO? Why does it used?

My @Quora answer to What is "canonical tag" in SEO? Why does it used?

Answer by Rahul Kumar:

Adding with Preeti Sharma and Ashutosh Kumar Gupta Canonicalization for SEOs refers to normalizing (redirecting to a single dominant version) multiple URLs. It is also used to tell search engines any duplicate content on website. Like as followings:

<link href="Page on example.com" rel="canonical" />

What is "canonical tag" in SEO? Why does it used?

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