sug·​ar·​cane ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān How to pronounce sugarcane (audio)
: a stout tall perennial grass (Saccharum officinarum) native to tropical southeast Asia that has a large terminal panicle and is widely grown in warm regions as a source of sugar

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Examples of sugarcane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the arrival of the plantations in the late 19th century, that water was diverted to grow pineapple and sugarcane. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 July 2024 The 18-hole championship Half Moon Golf Course stretches across the grounds of a former sugarcane estate, surrounded by native trees that almost always seem to be swaying in the breeze. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 11 July 2024 Hundreds of people in Goroka and surrounding highland towns grow cash crops like coffee, tea, rubber, and sugarcane and ferry them down to the coast every week to sell to plantations and community boards. Zoya Teirstein, Vox, 30 May 2024 Housed in 100 percent sugarcane packaging, the Peptide Leave In Mask is both renewable and biodegradable. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sugarcane 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sugarcane was in the 15th century

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“Sugarcane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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sug·​ar·​cane ˈshu̇g-ər-ˌkān How to pronounce sugarcane (audio)
: a tall tropical grass that has a thick jointed stem and is widely grown in warm regions as a source of sugar
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