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molasses

[ muh-las-iz ]
/ məˈlæs ɪz /
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noun

a thick syrup produced during the refining of sugar or from sorghum, varying from light to dark brown in color.

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Origin of molasses

1575–85; earlier molassos, molasso(e)s<Portuguese melaços, plural of melaço (<Late Latin mellācium half-boiled new wine, for *mellāceum, neuter of *mellāceus honeylike, equivalent to mell-, stem of mel honey + -āceus-aceous)
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British Dictionary definitions for molasses

molasses
/ (məˈlæsɪz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the thick brown uncrystallized bitter syrup obtained from sugar during refining
US and Canadian a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugarAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): treacle

Word Origin for molasses

C16: from Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellāceum must, from Latin mel honey
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