/ (kæŋ) /

  1. (formerly in China) a large wooden collar worn by petty criminals as a punishment

Origin of cangue

C18: from French, from Portuguese canga yoke

Words Nearby cangue

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How to use cangue in a sentence

  • In China the crime is set forth on a board hung on the neck of the criminal, called the cangue.

  • A man who had been condemned to wear the cangue, or wooden collar, was seen by some of his friends.

  • The ordinary punishment for minor offences is the cangue and the bastinado.

    China | Sir Henry Arthur Blake
  • The cangue is a huge wooden collar which is fastened about the neck.

  • The cangue is a three-inch board about three feet square, with a hole in the centre for the neck.

    China | Sir Henry Arthur Blake