sugarcane

noun
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 New statewide safety rules about prescribed burns include more restrictions on burning fields of sugarcane, a common practice during the growing season. Jim Turner, sun-sentinel.com, "Tighter fire safety rules imposed on Florida sugarcane growers," 1 Oct. 2019 And that night, in the sugarcane fields, a bed of leaves was prepared for the baby, and Chika slept in the dirt, under the Haitian sky. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Chika's birthday bittersweet, 10 years after Haiti earthquake," 12 Jan. 2020 Due to harsh treatment in the gold mines, sugarcane fields, and unbridled diseases that arrived with the Spanish, the population rapidly declined. Haruka Sakaguchi, National Geographic, "Meet the survivors of a ‘paper genocide’," 14 Oct. 2019 And the impromptu dancing fueled by plenty of Brazil’s cachaca sugarcane liquor — some in bottles filled with jambú, the Amazonian herb that sparks a tingling, electric shock-like sensation to the tongue. Washington Post, "Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil’s Ver-O-Peso market," 14 Oct. 2019 The Wool Runner uses a lightweight merino wool upper and a foam sole made of sugarcane waste rather than the typical plastic, which the company says makes the shoe both more comfortable and better for the planet. Nathaniel Meyersohn And Clare Duffy, CNN, "Allbirds co-founder: Amazon's lookalike shoe undermines our sustainability efforts," 19 Nov. 2019 And the impromptu dancing fueled by plenty of Brazil’s cachaca sugarcane liquor — some in bottles filled with jambu, the Amazonian herb that sparks a tingling, electric shock-like sensation to the tongue. Luis Andres Henao, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon fruits and fish abound at Brazil’s colorful Ver-o-Peso market," 22 Oct. 2019 And the impromptu dancing fueled by plenty of Brazil’s cachaca sugarcane liquor — some in bottles filled with jambú, the Amazonian herb that sparks a tingling, electric shock-like sensation to the tongue. Washington Post, "Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil’s Ver-O-Peso market," 14 Oct. 2019 And the impromptu dancing fueled by plenty of Brazil’s cachaca sugarcane liquor — some in bottles filled with jambú, the Amazonian herb that sparks a tingling, electric shock-like sensation to the tongue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil’s Ver-O-Peso market," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2020

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“Sugarcane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugarcane. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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sugarcane

noun
How to pronounce sugarcane (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sugarcane

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

sugarcane

noun
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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