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caramel

[ kar-uh-muhl, -mel, kahr-muhl ]
/ ˈkær ə məl, -ˌmɛl, ˈkɑr məl /
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noun

a liquid made by cooking sugar until it changes color, used for coloring and flavoring food.
a kind of chewy candy, commonly in small blocks, made from sugar, butter, milk, etc.
a yellowish brown or tan color.

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Origin of caramel

1715–25; <French <Spanish or Portuguese caramelo<Late Latin calamellus little reed (by dissimilation), equivalent to calam(us) reed (see calamus) + -ellus diminutive suffix; meaning changed by association with Medieval Latin cannamella, canna mellis, etc., sugar cane, equivalent to Latin cannacane + mel honey (genitive mellis)
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British Dictionary definitions for caramel

caramel
/ (ˈkærəməl, -ˌmɛl) /

noun

burnt sugar, used for colouring and flavouring food
a chewy sweet made from sugar, butter, milk, etc
C18: from French, from Spanish caramelo, of uncertain origin
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