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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The flavor is described by the ice cream maker as a molasses honeycomb candy ice cream with crunchy honeycomb pieces. Sheila Vilvens,, "Graeter's offering honey of a treat to beat the heat," 24 June 2019 The molasses is used to mask the smell and make the feed taste better. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Davis researchers study ways to reduce methane in cow belches," 25 May 2018 The rhythm section was the key to the track: the drummer laid down a lagging beat, and the bassist played a molasses-slow riff. Elias Leight, Billboard, "CMT Music Awards 2017: All the Performances Ranked From Worst to Best," 7 June 2017 Its chocolate chip cookie has 4 grams of carbs and is made with almond flour, molasses and Stevia, Porcello said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Downtown Elgin Harvest Market opens for new season," 1 June 2017 This aged rum, newly arrived from the Philippines, is made in small batches with a base of molasses produced from an old strain of sugar cane. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Sipping Rum From the Philippines," 30 May 2017 Over the decades West has been one of the sport's more polarizing umpires, often accused of inserting himself into games, or speaking out on topics like the slow-as-molasses pace of the Yankees-Red Sox matchups. Paul Sullivan,, "Controversial umpire Joe West closing in on historic baseball milestone," 27 May 2017 Be aware that sugar can hide under names like dextrose, molasses and corn syrup, too. Kylie Hermansen,, "Sugar: What's the big deal?," 25 May 2017 Stir in the tomato paste, molasses, sumac, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for just a few minutes until the eggplant is thoroughly coated but has not completely broken down. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "This party salad happens in a loaf pan," 5 Apr. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of molasses

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


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

Kids Definition of molasses

: a thick brown syrup that is made from raw sugar

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