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canebrake

[keyn-breyk] /ˈkeɪnˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a thicket of canes.
Origin of canebrake
1765-1775
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75; cane + brake2
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  • When father first came here, this side of the river was all canebrake too.

  • Bill, who was to guide the party through the maze of the canebrake, was a type.

  • The "bear sign" had been discovered in the canebrake about three miles from camp.

  • We have been in the canebrake for some time, and all we have got has been a small doe.

  • I reckon that all the young gentlemen had their fill of the canebrake.

  • When they found him he was sleeping heavily, exhausted, in a canebrake.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • From the canebrake a nightingale was singing softly, as if the beauty of the night had subdued its plaintive song.

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • Then, stretching his muscles a little, to remove all stiffness or soreness he emerged from the canebrake.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He had never thought of it, except as forest and canebrake, in which the Indians had always roamed, but evidently it was not so.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The British encampment was formed near the creek, on a piece of open ground flanked on two sides by a canebrake.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for canebrake

canebrake

/ˈkeɪnˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
(US) a thicket of canes
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