Cane Cane (k[=a]n), n. [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna, ka`nnh; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. q[=a]neh reed. Cf. {Canister}, {canon}, 1st {Cannon}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) (a) A name given to several peculiar palms, species of {Calamus} and {D[ae]manorops}, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans. (b) Any plant with long, hard, elastic stems, as reeds and bamboos of many kinds; also, the sugar cane. (c) Stems of other plants are sometimes called canes; as, the canes of a raspberry. [1913 Webster]

Like light canes, that first rise big and brave. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the Southern United States {great cane} is the {Arundinaria macrosperma}, and {small cane} is. {Arundinaria tecta}. [1913 Webster]

2. A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane. [1913 Webster]

Stir the fire with your master's cane. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. A lance or dart made of cane. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign The flying skirmish of the darted cane. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A local European measure of length. See {Canna}. [1913 Webster]

{Cane borer} (Zo["o].), A beetle {(Oberea bimaculata)} which, in the larval state, bores into pith and destroy the canes or stalks of the raspberry, blackberry, etc.

{Cane mill}, a mill for grinding sugar canes, for the manufacture of sugar.

{Cane trash}, the crushed stalks and other refuse of sugar cane, used for fuel, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • cane — [ kan ] n. f. • quenne 1338; p. ê. de ca , onomat., et a. fr. aine, ane, lat. anas « canard » ♦ Femelle du canard. La cane et ses canetons. Petite cane. ⇒ 1. canette. ⊗ HOM. Canne. ● cane nom féminin Canard femelle adulte et reproducteur. Nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • cane — s.m. [lat. canis ]. 1. (zool.) [nome di varie specie di mammiferi carnivori canidi, e in particolare del cane domestico (Canis familiaris ): c. da caccia, da pastore, da guardia ; c. poliziotto ] ● Espressioni (con uso fig.): (andarsene) come un… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • cane — CANE. s. f. Espece d oiseau aquatique. Cane sauvage. cane privée. cane d Inde. cane petiere. On dit prov. Faire la cane, pour dire, Faire une action de lascheté. Pour éviter un peril il a fait la cane …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • cane — CANE. s. f. Espèce d oiseau aquatique. Cane sauvage. Cane privée. Cane d Inde. La cane est la femelle du canard. [b]f♛/b] On dit figurément et familièrement, qu Un homme a fait la cane, Lorsqu il a marqué de la peur dans une occasion où il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Cane — (k[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caned} (k[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Caning}.] 1. To beat with a cane. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cane — [kān] n. [ME & OFr canne < It canna < L, reed, cane < Gr kanna; prob. < Assyr qanū (or Heb qaneh), tube, reed < Sumerian gin] 1. the slender, jointed, usually flexible stem of any of certain plants, as bamboo or rattan 2. any plant …   English World dictionary

  • cane — 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cané — (de or. caló) m. Cierto juego de *baraja parecido al monte. * * * cané. (De sacanete). m. Juego de azar parecido al monte. * * * Cané, Miguel …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • cane — ► NOUN 1) the hollow jointed stem of tall reeds, grasses, etc., especially bamboo. 2) the slender, pliant stem of plants such as rattan. 3) a woody stem of a raspberry or related plant. 4) a length of cane or a slender stick used as a support for …   English terms dictionary

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