black·​strap | \ ˈblak-ˌstrap How to pronounce blackstrap (audio) \

Definition of blackstrap

1 : a common red wine of the Mediterranean
2 : a drink consisting of a mixture of rum and molasses
3 or blackstrap molasses
a : the final molasses that is obtained in the last of successive processes of raw sugar manufacture and used as a constituent of many mixed cattle feeds and as a raw material for the production of industrial alcohol
b : any thick and very dark molasses
4 : a dark heavy oil used especially for lubricating mine-car wheels

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First Known Use of blackstrap

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for blackstrap

black entry 1 + strap

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“Blackstrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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