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butterscotch

[ buht-er-skoch ]
/ ˈbʌt ərˌskɒtʃ /
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noun
a flavor produced in puddings, frostings, ice cream, etc., by combining brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients.
a hard, brittle taffy made with butter, brown sugar, etc.
a golden brown color.
adjective
having the flavor of butterscotch.
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Origin of butterscotch

First recorded in 1850–55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained
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British Dictionary definitions for butterscotch

butterscotch
/ (ˈbʌtəˌskɒtʃ) /

noun
a kind of hard brittle toffee made with butter, brown sugar, etc
  1. a flavouring made from these ingredients
  2. (as modifier)butterscotch icing

Word Origin for butterscotch

C19: perhaps first made in Scotland, or perhaps from scotch 1 (sense 3), 'to cut or score', because it was originally cut with a knife into small pieces
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