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[muhs-kuh-vey-doh, -vah-]
  1. raw or unrefined sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses.
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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
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Examples from the Web for muscovado

Historical Examples of muscovado

  • At this ingenio, they make only the Muscovado, or brown sugar.

    To Cuba and Back

    Richard Henry Dana

  • The solid portion of the product forms moist, raw, or muscovado sugar; the uncrystallisable syrup, molasses or treacle.

  • In a good season it produces from fifty to sixty thousand hogsheads of muscovado sugar of the best quality.

  • Muscovado, or raw sugar, with lime water, are the usual ingredients of this colouring matter.

  • It was variously known as "Muscovado" sugar, or as "plantation sugar," sometimes as "coffee" or "coffee crushed."

    Cuba, Old and New

    Albert Gardner Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for muscovado



  1. raw sugar obtained from the juice of sugar cane by evaporating the molasses
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Word Origin for muscovado

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