tur·​bi·​na·​do | \ ¦tərbə¦nä(ˌ)dō \
variants: or less commonly turbinado sugar
plural -s

Definition of turbinado

: 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

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First Known Use of turbinado

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turbinado

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

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“Turbinado.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbinado. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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