variants or less commonly turbinado sugar
plural -s
: partially refined cane sugar that has been washed and dried, is off-white, yellowish, or grayish in color, and is used in industry and food processing

Word History


American Spanish, probably from Spanish turbina turbine (from French turbine) + -ado -ate; from its being sprayed with water while spinning in a centrifuge

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turbinado was in 1909

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“Turbinado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbinado. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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