molasses

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noun mo·las·ses \mə-ˈla-səz\

Definition of molasses

  1. 1 :  the thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture

  2. 2 :  a syrup made from boiling down sweet vegetable or fruit juice citrus molasses

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Origin and Etymology of molasses

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



MOLASSES Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of molasses for English Language Learners

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


MOLASSES Defined for Kids

molasses

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noun mo·las·ses \mə-ˈla-səz\

Definition of molasses for Students

  1. :  a thick brown syrup that is made from raw sugar



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