sugarcane

noun sug·ar·cane \ ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century


SUGARCANE Defined for English Language Learners

sugarcane

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Definition of sugarcane for English Language Learners

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


SUGARCANE Defined for Kids

sugarcane

noun sug·ar·cane \ ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān \

Definition of sugarcane for Students

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

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