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  1. Also penuche. a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico.
  2. penuche(def 1).
  3. Slang: Vulgar. (especially among Mexican Americans) the vulva.
Also pa·no·che [puh-noh-chee] /pəˈnoʊ tʃi/ for defs 1, 2.

Origin of panocha

1840–50; < Mexican Spanish; compare Spanish panocha, variant of panoja ‘ear of grain, panicle’ < Latin pānucula, pānicula; see panicle
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Historical Examples

  • Panocha, a dark Mexican sugar made into cakes, was also vended by native women.

    Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913

    Harris Newmark

  • Maize, rice, sugar (cane and panocha), and wheat are grown for home consumption.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

British Dictionary definitions for panocha



  1. a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico
  2. (in the US) a sweet made from brown sugar and milk, often with chopped nuts

Word Origin

Mexican Spanish, diminutive of Spanish pan bread, from Latin pānis
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Word Origin and History for panocha


also panoche, 1847, from American Spanish panocha "brown sugar," perhaps ultimately from Latin panucula "tuft," diminutive of panus "tuft, swelling; ear of millet" (see panic (n.2)).

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