• A plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem thereof
  • The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool
  • a rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane
  • Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like
  • A local European measure of length; the canna.


  • to strike or beat with a cane or similar implement
  • to destroy; to comprehensively defeat
  • to do something well, in a competent fashion
  • to produce extreme pain
  • To make or furnish with cane or rattan.


  • From Middle English cane, canne, from Old French cane, from Latin canna, from Ancient Greek κάννα, from Akkadian 𒄀, from Sumerian 𒄀𒈾. Related to channel and canal.

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