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molasses

[muh-las-iz] /məˈlæs ɪz/
noun
1.
a thick syrup produced during the refining of sugar or from sorghum, varying from light to dark brown in color.
Origin of molasses
1575-1585
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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  • Sift together twice the flour, soda, baking powder and add to the molasses mixture.

  • Or you may eat them with molasses and butter after the meat is removed.

  • In a few days the Packet received her cargo, consisting chiefly of tobacco and molasses.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • She went to the closet, found the molasses jug, and filled her pitcher.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I reckon it was made of apples smashed up, an' I guess there was some molasses in it, only I couldn't taste any.

    Teddy and Carrots James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for molasses

molasses

/məˈlæsɪz/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the thick brown uncrystallized bitter syrup obtained from sugar during refining
2.
(US & Canadian) a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) treacle
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellāceum must, from Latin mel honey
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Word Origin and History for molasses
n.

1580s, from Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellaceum "new wine," properly neuter of mellaceus "resembling honey," from Latin mel (genitive mellis) "honey" (see Melissa). Adopted in English in plural form, but regarded as a singular noun.

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