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rock candy

noun
1.
sugar in large, hard, cohering crystals.
Origin of rock candy
1715-1725
First recorded in 1715-25
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  • But the cannon burst into a thousand pieces, for it was nothing but rock-candy, and some of the men nearly got killed.

  • 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.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for rock-candy

rock candy

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a hard candy, typically a long brightly-coloured peppermint-flavoured stick, sold esp in holiday resorts Also 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.).

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