[ muhs-kuh-vey-doh, -vah- ]
/ ˌmʌs kəˈveɪ doʊ, -ˈvɑ- /


raw or unrefined sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses.

Nearby words

  1. muscles of auditory ossicles,
  2. muscles of eyeball,
  3. muscles of head,
  4. muscles of mastication,
  5. muscone,
  6. muscovite,
  7. muscovy,
  8. muscovy duck,
  9. muscular,
  10. muscular anesthesia

Also muscavado.

Origin of muscovado

1635–45; (< Spanish (azúcar) mascabado) < Portuguese (açúcar) mascavado, past participle of mascavar to separate raw sugar, earlier meoscabar, reduced form of menoscabar to belittle, detract from, cognate with Spanish menoscabar to diminish, reduce < Vulgar Latin *minuscapāre, equivalent to Latin minus smaller, less (see minus) + Vulgar Latin *-capāre, derivative of *capum, for Latin caput head; cf. achieve, mischief Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for muscovado



/ (ˌmʌskəˈvɑːdəʊ) /


raw sugar obtained from the juice of sugar cane by evaporating the molasses

Word Origin for muscovado

C17: from Portuguese açúcar mascavado separated sugar; mascavado from mascavar to separate, probably from Latin

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