sug·​ar·​cane | \ ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān How to pronounce sugarcane (audio) \

Definition of sugarcane

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web The Tree Dasher, which retails for $125 and has a mesh upper made from eucalyptus wood pulp and a sole crafted with sugarcane, was its biggest product launch to date in terms of sales. Matt Townsend, Fortune, "How much is Allbirds really worth?," 19 Feb. 2021 What if farmers could grow sugarcane in a matter of seconds, not days or weeks? Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Growing Virtual Plants Could Help Farmers Boost Their Crops," 18 Aug. 2017 At first, the same communities overlooked by the sugarcane-burning ordinance were forgotten entirely in vaccine distribution. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, "In Palm Beach, Covid-19 vaccines intended for rural Black communities are instead going to wealthy white Floridians," 4 Mar. 2021 The digital sugarcane, described earlier this year by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, illustrates how crops in silicomight aid farmers. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Growing Virtual Plants Could Help Farmers Boost Their Crops," 18 Aug. 2017 In the graphic, a leafy canopy mirrors the range of heights, leaf sizes and angles measured in real Brazilian sugarcane fields. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Growing Virtual Plants Could Help Farmers Boost Their Crops," 18 Aug. 2017 Furthermore, Paddon says, growing sugarcane is also cheaper than catching sharks and removing their livers. Justin Meneguzzi, National Geographic, "Why a COVID-19 vaccine could further imperil deep-sea sharks," 13 Nov. 2020 They were brought from the western coast of Africa to toil in the vast fields of sugarcane that once helped make Portugal one of the wealthiest empires in the world. Saki Knafo, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Bahia's Afro-Brazilian Roots," 22 Sep. 2020 The moringa tree — also known as malangguy — is native to South Asia but arrived in Hawaii thanks to Filipino immigrants who went to work the sugarcane and pineapple fields throughout the first half of the 20th century. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sugarcane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sugarcane

: a tall grass that is grown in warm places as a source of sugar


sug·​ar·​cane | \ ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān How to pronounce sugarcane (audio) \

Kids Definition of sugarcane

: a tall strong grass with jointed stems widely raised in tropical regions for the sugar it yields

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