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CANE, noun

1. In botany, this term is applied to several species of plants belonging to several species of plants belonging to different genera, such as Arundo, Calamus, Saccharum, etc. Among these is the bamboo of the East Indies, with a strong stem, which serves for pipes, poles, and walking sticks. The sugar cane a native of Asia, Africa and America, furnishes the juice from which are made, sugar, melasses and spirit. [See Sugar cane ]

2. A walking stick.

3. A long measure, in several countries of Europe; at Naples, the length is 7 feet 3 inches; in Thoulouse in France, 5 feet 8 inches; in Provence, etc., 6 feet 5 inches.

CANE, verb transitive To beat with a cane or walking stick.