Why was "tantrum" trending last week?


[shoo g-er-keyn] /ˈʃʊg ərˌkeɪn/
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.
1560-70; sugar + cane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for sugar cane

sugar cane

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for sugar cane


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.

Learn more about sugarcane with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sugarcane

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sugar

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sugar cane

Nearby words for sugar cane