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A long heavy wooden pole tossed end over end as a demonstration of strength in Scottish highland games.

[Scottish Gaelic cabar, pole, beam, rafter, from Vulgar Latin *capriō, from Latin capra, she-goat; see chevron.]


(ˈkeɪbə; Scottish ˈkebər)
(Individual Sports, other than specified) Scot a heavy section of trimmed tree trunk thrown in competition at Highland games (tossing the caber)
[C16: from Gaelic cabar pole]


(ˈkeɪ bər)

a pole or beam, esp. one thrown as a trial of strength.
[1505–15; < Scottish Gaelic cabar pole]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caber - a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)caber - a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)
pole - a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic


[keɪbəʳ] N (Scot) → tronco m


n (Scot) → Pfahl m, → Stamm m ? toss
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I rode my wheel more, chiefly because it was permanently out of pawn; and I boxed and fenced, walked on my hands, jumped high and broad, put the shot and tossed the caber, and went swimming.
An English writer beat him a dozen feet at tossing the caber.
Soon, the Englishman who had tossed the caber was sparring with the dramatic critic, Hazard and Hall boxed in fantastic burlesque, then, gloves in hand, looked for the next appropriately matched couple.
Tossing cabers simultaneously It's only right that Scotland holds the world record for the most people tossing cabers simultaneously.
30pm) Dick Strawbridge is in the Scottish Highlands to challenge three teams to build machines able to toss 70kg, 18ft cabers.
We take the cabers to a loch and soak them in the week before the games.
My kilt was doing nothing at the time and I thought an airing would do it good, but I knew nothing of cabers or the tossing thereof.
There is no standard size or weight for cabers but Scottish Highland Games Association rules state it should be "beyond the powers of all but the best athletes to turn".
Strikes by Skye's Angus MacDonald and Angus Ross for Cabers made it all square after normal time.
But while the competitors toss their cabers (no, that's not a euphemism), Holt will be taking part in a richman's version of musical chairs.
HIGHLAND games chiefs have given state-of-the-art cabers the big heave-ho because they say they make the sport too easy.