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variants or less commonly cang
plural -s
: a large, flat, square or rectangular device that was formerly used in some Asian countries like a portable pillory for confining the neck and sometimes also the hands as punishment


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transitive verb

: to compel to wear a cangue

Word History



French cangue, from Portuguese canga yoke, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked

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“Cangue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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