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sugarloaf

[shoo g-er-lohf] /ˈʃʊg ərˌloʊf/
noun, plural sugarloaves
[shoo g-er-lohvz] /ˈʃʊg ərˌloʊvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a large, usually conical loaf or mass of hard refined sugar: the common form of household sugar until the mid-19th century.
2.
anything resembling this in shape.
Origin of sugarloaf
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425

sugar-loaf

or sugar-loafed

[shoo g-er-lohf] /ˈʃʊg ərˌloʊf/
adjective
1.
resembling a sugar-loaf.
Origin
First recorded in 1600-10
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  • Look, that is sugarloaf, piercing the white cloud; and yonder is Castletown.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • You saw Lopez pretty soon after you gave us the slip at sugarloaf Rock?

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • Do you know that bit of flat on the other side of sugarloaf Hill?'

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby
  • Except for the lumbermen it would be worse in the sugarloaf cutting.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • sugarloaf showed now true to its name, an elegant little cone.

    Pine Needles Susan Bogert Warner
  • We sailed into the bay to meet her, and hove to abreast of the sugarloaf.

  • From here we could see before us the sugarloaf and Noah's Ark.

  • They had posted a number of their soldiers in a well-hidden ambush near the sugarloaf.

    The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The Ninepin and the sugarloaf, now utterly barren, were then crowded with trees of a great size.

  • This we used generally to speak of as the sugarloaf Col, so as to distinguish it from another pass which we afterwards discovered.

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