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Etymology of cane

Posted by Johannes on 27 December 2010

Origin of cane

Cane comes from the the old French cane (reed, cane, spear) from the Latin canna (reed, cane), which is a transliteration of the Greek canna (cane, reed; Gr: κάννα).

From the same root:

cannon, cannelloni, can


In modern Greek (Romeika):

a) cannoni: cannon [Gr: καννόνι]

a) canni: gun barrel [Gr: κάννη]

c) cannelonia: cannelloni [Gr: καννελόνια]

d) cannula: tap, faucet [Gr: κάννουλα]

e) cannela: cinnamon [Gr: καννέλα]

f) cannata: jug, ewer [Gr: καννάτα]


Other Greek words from the same root: κάννιστρο (basket, canister), καννιά (legs), κανίσκι (basket).

Post: 158


2 Responses to “Etymology of cane”

  1. […] (basket made from reed) from canna (reed; Gr: ). See also post 158 (etymology of cane) here. […]

  2. […] Can – word origin. The word can (cup, vessel, container) comes from the old english canne (a cup, container) from the Germanic kanna, an early borrowing from late Latin canna (container, vessel), from the Latin canna (reed, reed pipe, small boat), from the Greek canna (reed; Gr.: κάννα). See also post 158 (Etymology of cane) here. […]

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