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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Relying on water from his tubewell and the Upper Ganga canal, which flows through his village of Aurangabad Fazalgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Shyambhir Singh has planted his sugarcane crop. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India’s farmers are getting desperate over a 33% shortfall in June rains," 30 June 2019 Even powdered sugar, for example, has just been refined from the sugarcane plant. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?," 24 June 2019 On a recent Saturday, Cherizier ducked through purple and yellow sheets hung out to dry in narrow alleyways and sidestepped rusty wheelbarrows filled with sugarcane and women doing their wash in buckets. Washington Post, "Leader or killer? A day with ‘Barbecue’ in Haiti’s capital," 7 June 2019 On a recent Saturday, Cherizier ducked through purple and yellow sheets hung out to dry in narrow alleyways and sidestepped rusty wheelbarrows filled with sugarcane and women doing their wash in buckets. Fox News, "Leader or killer? A day with 'Barbecue' in Haiti's capital," 7 June 2019 Pair it with a glass of electric green sugarcane juice. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 For skin-care purposes, it can also be derived from olives, rice bran, wheat germ, sugarcane, or palm trees. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of sugarcane

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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sugarcane

noun

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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