Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Old Proven├žal cana, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, from a Semitic language


1 noun
1 [uncountable]TI thin pieces of the stems of plants, used for making furniture and baskets:
a cane chair
cane furniture
2 [countable]DLG a long thin stick made from the stem of a plant, used for supporting other plants in a garden
3 [countable]D a long thin stick with a curved handle that you can use to help you walk
4 [countable]SES a stick that was used in the past by teachers to hit children with as a punishment:
Children knew that if they misbehaved they would get the cane.

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