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A dense thicket of cane.
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(Agriculture) US a thicket of canes
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a thicket of canes.
[1765–75, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canebrake - a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
brush, coppice, copse, thicket, brushwood - a dense growth of bushes
Arundinaria gigantea, cane reed, giant cane - tall grass of southern United States growing in thickets
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There he seemed to see familiar faces of comrades who had grown up with him from infancy; he saw his busy wife, bustling in her preparations for his evening meals; he heard the merry laugh of his boys at their play, and the chirrup of the baby at his knee; and then, with a start, all faded, and he saw again the canebrakes and cypresses and gliding plantations, and heard again the creaking and groaning of the machinery, all telling him too plainly that all that phase of life had gone by forever.
I ran furiously up the slope, over it, then turning eastward along a rocky valley fringed on either side with jungle I ran for perhaps a mile altogether, my chest straining, my heart beating in my ears; and then hearing nothing of Montgomery or his man, and feeling upon the verge of exhaustion, I doubled sharply back towards the beach as I judged, and lay down in the shelter of a canebrake. There I remained for a long time, too fearful to move, and indeed too fearful even to plan a course of action.
Reportedly, the blaze is chiefly burning in the Iraqi part of the wetland and any occasional inrush through canebrakes of Khuzestan has been immediately extinguished by the Iranian side.
The sinfonietta will open the concert with Florence Price's "Dances in the Canebrakes," Hirsch said.
Rivercane was a common bio-filter with a habitat along rivers prior to agriculture practices, and it was believed waters downstream from canebrakes were calm and clean.
Wallis recounts the tale of David (not Davy) Crockett, the homespun Tennessean who hacked, hunted, and "tall taled" his way through the canebrakes and thickets of the westward moving nineteenth-century frontier straight to the highest halls of United States government and, eventually, deeply into the American popular consciousness.
Spontaneous combustion in canebrakes of the upper coastal plains also has caused prairie fires during hot, dry summers (Hanselka, 1980).
On November 14, 1902 Roosevelt was engaged in the first day of a bear hunt in the canebrakes of the Mississippi Delta.
Departing Cuzco, "all the countryside up to Huamanga [present day Ayacucho] is composed of hills, gorges, ravines, and some plains, in which are situated canebrakes and sugar mills of the provinces of Abancay and Andahuaylas ...
This essay on the ecology of canebrakes and the collaborative efforts of the Mississippi Choctaw and various public agencies to ensure their survival is informative and well written but would have seemed a natural to lead off the collection rather than to close it.
is a native bamboo of the southeastern United States that frequently grows in dense, single-species stands called canebrakes (Hughes, 1951: Meanley, 1972; Marsh, 1977; Jadziewiez et al., 1999).