caña
feminine noun
1. cane (planta); reed (de río, de estanque)
  • caña de azúcar -> sugarcane
2. small glass of beer (de cerveza) (peninsular Spanish)
also:
  • caña (de pescar) -> fishing rod
3. leg (de bota)
4. bone marrow (tuétano)
5. rum (alcohol) (Andes, Cuban Spanish, RP)
6. (expresiones) (informal)
  • darle o meterle caña a algo -> to get a move on with something
  • meter caña al coche -> to step on it
  • darle caña a alguien -> to give somebody a beating (pegarle)

caña [cah’-nyah]
noun
1. Cane, reed. (f)
2. Stem, stalk. (f)
  • La caña del trigo -> stem of corn 3. Walking-stick
  • Caña común, cultivated reed. Caña dulc -> or de azúcar, or cañamiel, common sugar-cane
3. (f)
verb
4. CANILLA for a bone.
5. Subterraneous passage in the mines of Almadén.
6. Shaft of a column or pillar.
7. Marrow.
8. Tournament 9.
9. Lever drill, ratchet drill. (Nautical)
10. Glass-blower’s pipe.
11. (Carp.) Shank.
12. Reed of wind instruments.
  • Caña del timón -> (Naut.) tiller
  • Caña de pescar -> fishing-rod
  • Hubo toros y cañas -> (Met.) there was the devil to pay
  • Caña de cerveza, glass of beer. ¡Dos cañas -> two beers please
Arundo.(Naut.) Helm.

caña
1 (junco) reed; (tallo) stem; stalk
un techo de caña a roof of reed thatch; azúcar de caña cane sugar; ron de caña cane rum
dar o meter caña
la policía le dio caña a los manifestantes the police laid into the demonstrators (familiar); la prensa le ha dado caña al gobierno the press has really laid into the government; the press has really given the government some stick (familiar); le han metido caña al jefe para que nos aumente el sueldo they've been going on at my boss to give us a pay rise; tendrás que darle o meterle caña si quieres acabarlo pronto you'll have to get stuck into it if you want to finish it soon; le mete mucha caña al coche he really steps on the gas
¡métele caña, que tenemos prisa!
las cañas se vuelven lanzas a joke can easily turn into something unpleasant
caña de azúcar sugar cane
caña de bambú cane
caña dulce caña melar sugar cane
2 (also caña de pescar) fishing rod
3 (vaso)
una caña (de cerveza) a small glass of beer; ¡dos cañas! two beers please; una caña de vino a tall wineglass; a long glass
4 (Anatomía) [de la pierna] shinbone; [de caballo] shank
5 [de bota] leg
botas de media caña calf-length boots
6 [de columna] shaft
7 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (aguardiente) cane liquor
estar con la caña mala (S. Cone) to have a hangover (familiar)
8 (Minería) gallery
9 (Náutica) [de ancla] shank; [de timón] tiller; helm
10 (Caribe) (trago) swig (familiar); drink
11 (And) (Caribe) (bulo) false rumour; (bravata) bluff; bluster
12 (Latinoamérica) (pajita) (drinking) straw
13 (pene) prick (vulgar)

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