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  1. a coarse, dark sugar, especially that made from the sap of East Indian palm trees.
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Origin of jaggery

1590–1600; < Portuguese (of India) jágara, jagre < Malayalam chakkara < Sanskrit śarkarā sugar
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Historical Examples

  • Before anointing, the people about to do it must present a cocoanut and jaggery.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • The barber is required to eat some jaggery, and drink some conjee.

  • A kind of a sugar called “jaggery” is also obtained from the cocoanut juice.

  • The species of palm familiarly known as the jaggery palm is largely cultivated in the central province of the island.

    The Pearl of India

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Very good vinegar is also obtained from it, and large quantities of jaggery or palm sugar are manufactured from the toddy.

British Dictionary definitions for jaggery


jaggary or jagghery

  1. a coarse brown sugar made in the East Indies from the sap of the date palm
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Word Origin

C16: from Hindi jāgrī; compare Sanskrit sárkarā gritty substance, sugar
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