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[muhs-kuh-vey-doh, -vah-] /ˌmʌs kəˈveɪ doʊ, -ˈvɑ-/
raw or unrefined sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses.
Also, muscavado.
Origin of muscovado
1635-45; (< Spanish (azúcar) mascabado) < Portuguese (açúcar) mascavado, past participle of mascavar to separate raw sugar, earlier meoscabar, reduced form of menoscabar to belittle, detract from, cognate with Spanish menoscabar to diminish, reduce < Vulgar Latin *minuscapāre, equivalent to Latin minus smaller, less (see minus) + Vulgar Latin *-capāre, derivative of *capum, for Latin caput head; cf. achieve, mischief Unabridged
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  • At this ingenio, they make only the muscovado, or brown sugar.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • The solid portion of the product forms moist, raw, or muscovado sugar; the uncrystallisable syrup, molasses or treacle.

  • In a good season it produces from fifty to sixty thousand hogsheads of muscovado sugar of the best quality.

  • muscovado, or raw sugar, with lime water, are the usual ingredients of this colouring matter.

  • It was variously known as "muscovado" sugar, or as "plantation sugar," sometimes as "coffee" or "coffee crushed."

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • It does not differ from that of making the muscovado, so far as concerns the grinding and boiling.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
British Dictionary definitions for muscovado


raw sugar obtained from the juice of sugar cane by evaporating the molasses
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese açúcar mascavado separated sugar; mascavado from mascavar to separate, probably from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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