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

C18: from French, from Portuguese canga yoke
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Historical Examples of cangue

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


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake

  • The cangue is a huge wooden collar which is fastened about the neck.

  • At the present time in China, the Cang, or Cangue is employed for punishing petty offenders.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • Cangue, Cang, kang, n. a Chinese portable pillory borne on the shoulders by petty offenders.

  • Chinese prisoners are attached to stakes all along the wall, others are in the cangue, under a huge red signboard.