Definition of malacca in English:



mass noun
  • 1Brown cane that is used for walking sticks and umbrella handles.

    The cane is obtained from a Malaysian climbing palm (Calamus scipionum, family Palmae)

    • ‘Top hats and black malacca canes are the visual signature of a show that combines cartoon posturing and a commitment to articulating the text.’
    • ‘There I found gula malacca (palm sugar), the package bearing its Malay name, something which I thought would have been impossible to find here.’
    • ‘In this way blows can be made so formidable that with an ordinary malacca cane it is possible to sever a man's jugular vein through the collar of his overcoat.’
    • ‘The price per bundle of split rattan is P 0.15 per 50 pieces of malaccas (malaccas are produced by splitting off the skin from the rattan poles with a hand-operated tool).’
    1. 1.1count noun A walking stick of malacca cane.
      walking stick, stick, staff
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Mid 19th century: from the place name Malacca.