1. Bot. (a) A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and Dæmanorops, 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.
Like light canes, that first rise big and brave. --B. Jonson.
Note: ☞ In the Southern United States great cane is the Arundinaria macrosperma, and small cane is. Arundinaria tecta.
2. A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.
Stir the fire with your master's cane. --Swift.
3. A lance or dart made of cane. [R.]
Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign
The flying skirmish of the darted cane. --Dryden.
4. A local European measure of length. See Canna.
Cane borer Zool., 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.
Cane v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caned p. pr. & vb. n. Caning.]
1. To beat with a cane.
2. To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.
n 1: a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
2: a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds,
rattans, or sugar cane
3: a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
v : beat with a cane [syn: flog, lambaste, lambast]
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.)