great cane
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 A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.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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