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a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick.
a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms.
a plant having such a stem.
split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
any of several tall bamboolike grasses, especially of the genus Arundinaria, as A. gigantea (cane reed, large cane, giant cane, or southern cane) and A. tecta (small cane or switch cane) of the southern U.S.
the stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
a rod used for flogging.
a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.
verb (used with object), caned, caning.
to flog with a cane.
to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin canna < Greek kánna < Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed

canelike, adjective
cany, adjective
recane, verb (used with object), recaned, recaning.
uncaned, adjective Unabridged
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cane1 (keɪn)
1.  a.  the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
 b.  any plant having such a stem
2.  a.  strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a cane chair
3.  the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
4.  any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
5.  a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
6.  a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
7.  See sugar cane
8.  a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
9.  to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
10.  to make or repair with cane
11.  informal to defeat: we got well caned in the match
12.  slang cane it to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantities: you can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
[C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed]

cane2 (keɪn)
dialect a female weasel
[C18: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Mod.Fr. canne), from L. canna "reed, cane," from Gk. kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (cf. Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native IE formation from
a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s; verb meaning "to beat with a walking stick" is from 1660s. Related: Caned; caning.
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Cane definition

a tall sedgy plant with a hollow stem, growing in moist places. In Isa. 43:24; Jer. 6:20, the Hebrew word _kaneh_ is thus rendered, giving its name to the plant. It is rendered "reed" in 1 Kings 14:15; Job 40:21; Isa. 19:6; 35:7. In Ps. 68:30 the expression "company of spearmen" is in the margin and the Revised Version "beasts of the reeds," referring probably to the crocodile or the hippopotamus as a symbol of Egypt. In 2 Kings 18:21; Isa. 36:6; Ezek. 29:6, 7, the reference is to the weak, fragile nature of the reed. (See CALAMUS.)

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