[ buh-gas ]
/ bəˈgæs /


crushed sugar cane or beet refuse from sugar making.
paper made from fibers of bagasse.

Origin of bagasse

1820–30, Americanism; < French < American Spanish, Spanish bagazo, derivative of baga seed capsule of the flax plant (presumably orig. of any fruit) < Latin bāca berry; cf. bay4 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bagasse

  • With 30 pounds of bagasse per 100 pounds of cane, no other fuel should be required.

    Industrial Cuba|Robert P. Porter

British Dictionary definitions for bagasse


/ (bəˈɡæs) /


the pulp remaining after the extraction of juice from sugar cane or similar plants: used as fuel and for making paper, etc
Also called: megass, megasse a type of paper made from bagasse fibres

Word Origin for bagasse

C19: from French, from Spanish bagazo dregs, refuse, from baga husk, from Latin bāca berry
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