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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Examples of sugarcane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grape, corn, and sugarcane distillates make for a balanced blend that can be sipped straight. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 The eco-conscious shoes are designed to minimize odors and conform to your feet, thanks to the carbon-negative foam outsole made from Brazilian sugarcane and an insole made from castor bean oil and ZQ Merino wool. Kathleen Walsh, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 Production is mainly based on corn or sugarcane but could come from other sources. Steven Savage, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Enjoy it with a papelón, a traditional Venezuelan drink made from lime juice and sugarcane. Abigail Koffler, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 July 2021 Packaging gets a reworking, as well, with a new bamboo and sugarcane material that is completely recyclable and compostable. Brian Westover, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 Sustainable fuels, made from materials such as wood residue deposits, tobacco or sugarcane, can already be used in many of today's newer jet engines without any modification. Paul Sillers, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Glycolic acid is typically derived from sugarcane, Dr. Markowitz explains, while lactic acid, though derivable from milk, is typically synthetic (and, therefore, vegan) when used in skin-care products. Marci Robin, Allure, 2 Nov. 2021 The novel follows the Traores as they are scattered across the globe, from Moroccan universities to Brazilian sugarcane fields, pulled every which way by their ambitions, lusts, and religious yearnings. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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