Cangue definition

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A flat wooden framework that is locked around a person's neck and borne on the shoulders, formerly used in China to punish petty criminals.
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In China, a large, wooden yoke formerly fastened about the neck as a punishment for petty crime.
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A heavy wooden collar or yoke borne on the shoulders and enclosing the neck and arms, formerly used in China to punish petty criminals.
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Origin of cangue

  • French from Portuguese canga yoke, cangue perhaps of Celtic origin Welsh cam crooked

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cangue, from Portuguese canga.

    From Wiktionary