black·​strap ˈblak-ˌstrap How to pronounce blackstrap (audio)
: a common red wine of the Mediterranean
: a drink consisting of a mixture of rum and molasses
or blackstrap molasses
: 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
: any thick and very dark molasses
: a dark heavy oil used especially for lubricating mine-car wheels

Word History


black entry 1 + strap

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackstrap was in 1873

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“Blackstrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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