(Can"dy*tuft`) n. (Bot.) An annual plant of the genus Iberis, cultivated in gardens. The
name was originally given to the I. umbellata, first, discovered in the island of Candia.
(Cane) n. [OE. cane, canne, OF. cane, F. canne, L. canna, fr. Gr. ka`nna, ka`nnh; prob. of
Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qaneh reed. Cf. Canister, canon, 1st Cannon.]
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.
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 A walking stick; a staff; so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.
Stir the fire with your master's cane.
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.
4. A local European measure of length. See Canna.
Cane borer (Zoö.), 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
(Cane) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caned (kand); p. pr. & vb. n. Caning.]
1. To beat with a cane. Macaulay.
2. To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.
(Cane"brake`) n. A thicket of canes. Ellicott.
(Caned) a. [Cf. L. canus white.] Filled with white flakes; mothery; said vinegar when containing
mother. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(||Ca*nel"la) n. [LL. (OE. canel, canelle, cinnamon, fr. F. cannelle), Dim. of L. canna a reed.
Canella is so called from the shape of the rolls of prepared bark. See Cane.] (Bot.) A genus of trees
of the order Canellaceæ, growing in the West Indies.
The principal species is Canella alba, and its bark is a spice and drug exported under the names of
wild cinnamon and whitewood bark.
(Ca*nes"cent) a. [L. canescens, p. pr. of canescere, v. inchoative of canere to be white.]
Growing white, or assuming a color approaching to white.
(Can" hook`) A device consisting of a short rope with flat hooks at each end, for hoisting casks
or barrels by the ends of the staves.
(||Ca*nic"u*la) n. [L. canicula, lit., a little dog, a dim. of canis dog; cf. F. canicule.] (Astron.)
The Dog Star; Sirius.