from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy wooden yoke borne on the shoulders and enclosing the neck and arms, formerly used in China for punishing petty criminals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy wooden collar or yoke borne on the shoulders and enclosing the neck and arms, formerly used in China to punish petty criminals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A very broad and heavy wooden collar which certain offenders in China are compelled to wear as a punishment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given by foreigners to the Chinese kia, or portable pillory, which persons convicted of certain petty crimes are condemned to kang, or carry on the shoulders, for periods varying from a few days to three months.
- To sentence to the cangue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instrument of punishment formerly used in China for petty criminals; consists of a heavy wooden collar enclosing the neck and arms
French, from Portuguese canga.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cangue, from Portuguese canga. (Wiktionary)