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caramel

[kar-uh-muh l, -mel, kahr-muh l] /ˈkær ə məl, -ˌmɛl, ˈkɑr məl/
noun
1.
a liquid made by cooking sugar until it changes color, used for coloring and flavoring food.
2.
a kind of chewy candy, commonly in small blocks, made from sugar, butter, milk, etc.
3.
a yellowish brown or tan color.
Origin of caramel
1715-1725
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 canna cane + mel honey (genitive mellis)
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caramel

/ˈkærəməl; -ˌmɛl/
noun
1.
burnt sugar, used for colouring and flavouring food
2.
a chewy sweet made from sugar, butter, milk, etc
See also crème caramel
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Spanish caramelo, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for caramel
n.

1725, from French caramel "burnt sugar" (17c.), via Old Spanish caramel (modern caramelo), ultimately from Medieval Latin cannamellis, traditionally from Latin canna (see cane (n.)) + mellis, genitive of mel "honey" (see Melissa). But some give the Medieval Latin word an Arabic origin, or trace it to Latin calamus "reed, cane."

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