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sugarcane

[shoo g-er-keyn] /ˈʃʊg ərˌkeɪn/
noun
1.
a tall grass, Saccharum officinarum, of tropical and warm regions, having a stout, jointed stalk, and constituting the chief source of sugar.
Also, sugar cane.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; sugar + cane
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British Dictionary definitions for sugar cane

sugar cane

noun
1.
a coarse perennial grass, Saccharum officinarum, of Old World tropical regions, having tall stout canes that yield sugar: widely cultivated in tropical regions Compare sugar beet
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Encyclopedia Article for sugar cane

sugarcane

perennial grass of the genus Saccharum cultivated for its juice, from which sugar is processed. Most present-day commercial canes are the offsprings or hybrids of the species Saccharum officinarum, which was developed from a wild cane species, Saccharum robustom, and cultivated by natives of southern Pacific Islands. This article treats the cultivation of the sugarcane plant. For information on the processing of cane sugar and the history of its use, see the article sugar.

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