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[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.
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for muscovado
Historical Examples
  • It does not differ from that of making the muscovado, so far as concerns the grinding and boiling.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
  • At this ingenio, they make only the muscovado, or brown sugar.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • It was variously known as "muscovado" sugar, or as "plantation sugar," sometimes as "coffee" or "coffee crushed."

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • The solid portion of the product forms moist, raw, or muscovado sugar; the uncrystallisable syrup, molasses or treacle.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for muscovado


raw sugar obtained from the juice of sugar cane by evaporating the molasses
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese açúcar mascavado separated sugar; mascavado from mascavar to separate, probably from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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