cana brava

ca·​na bra·​va | \ ˌkänyəˈbrävə \

Definition of cana brava

: either of two tall grasses of tropical America:
a : a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

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History and Etymology for cana brava

Spanish caña brava wild cane

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“Cana brava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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