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great cane

Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Cane \Cane\, n. [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna,
   fr. Gr. ?, ?; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. q[=a]neh
   reed. Cf. {Canister}, {canon}, 1st {Cannon}.]
   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.

                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. {A.

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 A walking stick; a staff; -- so called because originally
      made of one the species of cane.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