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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.]
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(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]
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(ˈkeɪ bər)

a pole or beam, esp. one thrown as a trial of strength.
[1505–15; < Scottish Gaelic cabar pole]
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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
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[keɪbəʳ] N (Scot) → tronco m
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n (Scot) → Pfahl m, → Stamm m ? toss
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References in classic literature ?
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. Jim Hazard beat him in putting the heavy "rock." Mark Hall out-jumped him standing and running.
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.
After a dramatic 7-5 extra time victory, manager Paul John Mackintosh said: "It was a terrific game and Cabers showed great character in coming back at us.'s thought that cabers were first used to help people cross rivers, but it's not known exactly how the tossing the caber event came about.
Tossing cabers simultaneously It's only right that Scotland holds the world record for the most people tossing cabers simultaneously.
"We take the cabers to a loch and soak them in the week before the games.
Morrison, a 23-year-old plumber, has scored in each of Cabers' last 14 games and is the Premiership's leading marksman with 24 goals.
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".
The Big Yin told US radio that Falkirk - home of the famous Big Wheel - is "not much of a town" where the only thing to do is toss cabers.
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.