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rock candy

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noun
  1. sugar in large, hard, cohering crystals.

Origin of rock candy

First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for rock-candy

Historical Examples

  • But the cannon burst into a thousand pieces, for it was nothing but rock-candy, and some of the men nearly got killed.

    Christmas Every Day and Other Stories

    W. D. Howells

  • I knew a boy once who ate soft coal just because somebody told him it was rock-candy.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • There was a thick coating of ice over men, yawl, ropes and everything else, and we looked like rock-candy statuary.

  • Strings of rock-candy came from China, but were rivalled by a distinctly native sweet—maple sugar.


British Dictionary definitions for rock-candy

rock candy

noun
  1. US and Canadian a hard candy, typically a long brightly-coloured peppermint-flavoured stick, sold esp in holiday resortsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): rock
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Word Origin and History for rock-candy

n.

1723, from rock (n.1) + candy (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper