mo·​las·​ses | \ mə-ˈla-səz How to pronounce molasses (audio) \

Definition of molasses

1 : the thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture
2 : a syrup made from boiling down sweet vegetable or fruit juice citrus molasses

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Recent Examples on the Web Its colors were now khaki, beige, gold, crimson, ginger, and—where peat was exposed or water had pooled—molasses brown or oily black. William Atkins, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from Ireland]," 23 June 2020 Many of these individuals were taken to the Caribbean to work on sugar plantations, which made their owners very wealthy through the export of sugar, molasses and rum, according to the National Archives. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Bank of England joins British companies in apologizing for slavery," 19 June 2020 The answer is a mix of soybean meal and non-sulfured molasses. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Think rabbits are plaguing your garden? You’re off by a hare.," 18 June 2020 Created in 1960 and only costing 50 cents per box, these were made with two chewy oatmeal molasses cookies filled with a sweet and fluffy frosting. Dallas News, "Summer nostalgia: How to make your own oatmeal cream pies," 18 June 2020 This coffee comes from Peru, and features notes of molasses and chocolate. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "Trade Coffee Allows You to Try Out Coffee Roasters From All Over the Country While Supporting COVID-19 Relief," 11 June 2020 There's this great lamb shank [with] pomegranate molasses... Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "A ‘Queer Eye’ Guide to Philadelphia," 5 June 2020 Haron sauced breakfast sandwiches with molasses-like kecap manis, served sweet potato fries with sambal mixed with aioli, and dressed farro, asparagus and golden beets with peanut sauce in her gado gado salad. Soleil Ho,, "A Singaporean culinary renaissance hits the Bay Area," 4 June 2020 Keep stirring until the water has evaporated and the boba has a molasses-like texture. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Boba tea helped me make Phoenix home. Here's what I learned DIY-ing it during coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of molasses

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for molasses

modification of Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellaceum grape juice, from Latin mell-, mel honey — more at mellifluous

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The first known use of molasses was in 1582

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27 Jun 2020

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“Molasses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of molasses

chiefly US : a thick, brown, sweet liquid that is made from raw sugar


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Kids Definition of molasses

: a thick brown syrup that is made from raw sugar

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