[ keyn-breyk ]

  1. a thicket of canes.

Origin of canebrake

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; cane + brake2

Words Nearby canebrake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use canebrake in a sentence

  • On the edge of the canebrake a thicket of papaw and blackberry vines added rankness and forest secrecy.

    The Kentucky Warbler | James Lane Allen
  • Presently they came to a species of canebrake, very dense and high; there was no green in sight, only the canes.

    East Angels | Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Now and then they passed thickets of canebrake, and once, at the side of a stream, they came to a salt "lick."

    The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The grass was high and thick and the canebrake was so dense that passage through it seemed impossible.

    The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Then it was covered with magnificent forest and now they threaded their way through the dense canebrake.

    The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for canebrake


/ (ˈkeɪnˌbreɪk) /

  1. US a thicket of canes

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