sug·​ar·​cane | \ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkān \

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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Eventually, the van cut through fields of tall sugarcane, then suddenly turned onto a dirt road. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Heartbreaking’ Discoveries To tackle the elephant-human conflict issue, the Smithsonian team captured and tagged elephants in areas where such conflicts are more common, like rice paddies and sugarcane or palm oil plantations. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "In a Horrifying New Twist, Myanmar Elephants Are Being Poached For Their Skin," 20 Mar. 2018 Top with cabbage, onion and scotch bonnet peppers pickled in sugarcane vinegar. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Started in 1992 to obtain agricultural work visas for sugarcane cutters and farm workers, the Guatemalan-Maya Center now serves as a nonprofit organization assisting, educating and empowering immigrant communities. Yutao Chen,, "For detained immigrant children: pillows stuffed with love," 13 July 2018 In the garden’s courtyards and Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, visitors can view pineapple, papaya and banana plants, hundreds of hibiscus, sugarcane, gardenias and bougainvillea. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See Georgia O’Keeffe’s Little-Known Hawaii Paintings Blossom Next to Real Plants," 30 May 2018 The company's founder, Carl Newton, farmed sugarcane in Louisiana for 40 years, then ventured to South America to try his hand at farming grains and seeds like chia and quinoa. Molly Kimball,, "2018 Eat Local Challenge: No need to go hardcore to dig in," 22 May 2018 Cocktails are made with fresh juices and pressed sugarcane, and live music tunes include classic Caribbean and reggae. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Bahama Breeze will replace strip club in Oakland Park," 8 May 2018 None of the products contain ingredients used for flavoring or coloring, including the distillery's Baxter's Rum — made with blackstrap molasses and natural sugarcane. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Tequila in bourbon barrels? New craft distillery comes to Phoenix Hill," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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