molasses
noun Etymology: modification of Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellaceum grape juice, from Latin mell-, mel honey — more at mellifluous Date: 1582 1. the thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture 2. a syrup made from boiling down sweet vegetable or fruit juice <
citrus molasses
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  • Molasses — Mo*las ses, n. [F. m[ e]lasse, cf. Sp. melaza, Pg. mela[,c]o, fr. L. mellaceus honeylike, honey sweet, mel, mellis, honey. See {Mellifluous}, and cf. {Melasses}.] The thick, brown or dark colored, viscid, uncrystallizable sirup which drains from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • molasses — (n.) 1580s, from Port. melaço, from L.L. mellaceum new wine, properly neuter of mellaceus resembling honey, from L. mel (gen. mellis) honey (see MELISSA (Cf. Melissa)). Adopted in English in plural form, but regarded as a singular noun …   Etymology dictionary

  • molasses — ► NOUN 1) a thick, dark brown liquid obtained from raw sugar during the refining process. 2) N. Amer. golden syrup. ORIGIN from Latin mellacium must , from mel honey …   English terms dictionary

  • molasses — [mə las′iz] n. [< Port melaço < LL mellaceum, must < L mellaceus, resembling honey < mel, honey: see MILDEW] a thick, usually dark brown syrup produced during the refining of sugar, or from sorghum, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Molasses — Not to be confused with molasse. Thick blackstrap molasses slowly pours from an overfilled spoon to a dish below. Molasses is a viscous by product of the processing of sugar cane, grapes or sugar beets into sugar. The word molasses comes from the …   Wikipedia

  • molasses — /meuh las iz/, n. a thick syrup produced during the refining of sugar or from sorghum, varying from light to dark brown in color. [1575 85; earlier molassos, molasso(e)s < Pg melaços, pl. of MELAÇO ( < LL mellacium half boiled new wine, for… …   Universalium

  • molasses — [16] The etymological connections of molasses are with ‘honey’ rather than ‘sugar’. It comes via Portuguese melaço from late Latin mellāceum ‘fermenting grape juice, new wine’. This was a derivative of mel ‘honey’, source of English mellifluous… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • molasses — [[t]məlæ̱sɪz[/t]] N UNCOUNT Molasses is a thick, dark brown syrup which is produced when sugar is processed. It is used in cooking …   English dictionary

  • molasses — melasa statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Sirupas, liekantis iškristalizavus cukrinių runkelių cukrų. atitikmenys: angl. molasses rus. меласса; свекловичная патока …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • molasses — [16] The etymological connections of molasses are with ‘honey’ rather than ‘sugar’. It comes via Portuguese melaço from late Latin mellāceum ‘fermenting grape juice, new wine’. This was a derivative of mel ‘honey’, source of English mellifluous… …   Word origins

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