muscovado

noun mus·co·va·do \ˌməskəˈvā(ˌ)dō, -vä(ˌ)-\
variants: less commonly

muscavado

\ˌməskəˈvā(ˌ)dō, -vä(ˌ)-\

Definition of muscovado

plural

-s

  1. :  unrefined or raw sugar obtained from the juice of the sugarcane by evaporation and draining off the molasses

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Origin and Etymology of muscovado

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish (azúcar) mascabado, from Portuguese (açúcar) mascavado, from açúcar sugar + mascavado, past participle of mascavar to adulterate, separate raw sugar (from molasses), from (assumed) Vulgar Latin minuscapare, from Latin minus less + caput head — more at minus, head


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