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cane (n.)

late 14c., "long slender woody stem," from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Babylonian-Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (compare Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), which may come from Sumerian-Akkadian gin "reed." Sense of "length of cane used as a walking stick" is from 1580s.

cane (v.)

"to beat or flog with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.

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Definitions of cane
1
cane (n.)
a stick that people can lean on to help them walk;
cane (n.)
a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane;
cane (n.)
a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment;
2
cane (v.)
beat with a cane;
Synonyms: flog / lambaste / lambast
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