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[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.
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  • Today the alcohol is made by fermenting sugarcane or corn.
  • Their sugarcane plantations, which are a big part of their lives, have been destroyed by the ants.
  • Raw sugar is from the first pressings of sugarcane and is coarser than white refined sugar.
  • Engage sugar farmers and producers to improve safety and health of sugarcane harvesters.
  • In another family they had only a few pieces of sugarcane.
  • The plantation workers live beside this road, squeezed between sugarcane and sea.
  • There's a plate of sugarcane sticks on the table, soon joined by a bowl of shrimp bisque and a serving of shredded crabmeat.
  • So you have ethanol which is brewed from sugarcane or corn.
  • Most of the mahogany glider's habitat was destroyed for production of crops such as sugarcane and bananas.
  • The new fuels would be fermented from plants used to make ethanol, such as sugarcane, pictured here.
Encyclopedia Article for 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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