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Definition: sugar cane
n 1: juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial
sugar; fresh canes are sometimes chewed for the juice
2: tall tropical southeast Asian grass having stout fibrous
jointed stalks; sap is a chief source of sugar [syn: sugarcane
English → English
Definition: Sugar cane
, n. [OE. sugre, F. sucre (cf. It. zucchero, Sp.
az['u]car), fr. Ar. sukkar, assukkar, fr. Skr. [,c]arkar[=a]
sugar, gravel; cf. Per. shakar. Cf. Saccharine
1. A sweet white (or brownish yellow) crystalline substance,
of a sandy or granular consistency, obtained by
crystallizing the evaporated juice of certain plants, as
the sugar cane, sorghum, beet root, sugar maple, etc. It
is used for seasoning and preserving many kinds of food
and drink. Ordinary sugar is essentially sucrose. See the
Note: The term sugar includes several commercial grades, as
the white or refined, granulated, loaf or lump, and the
raw brown or muscovado. In a more general sense, it
includes several distinct chemical compounds, as the
glucoses, or grape sugars (including glucose proper,
dextrose, and levulose), and the sucroses, or true
sugars (as cane sugar). All sugars are carbohydrates.
. The glucoses, or grape sugars, are
ketone alcohols of the formula C6H12O6
, and they turn
the plane of polarization to the right or the left.
They are produced from the amyloses and sucroses, as by
the action of heat and acids of ferments, and are
themselves decomposed by fermentation into alcohol and
carbon dioxide. The only sugar (called acrose) as yet
produced artificially belongs to this class. The
sucroses, or cane sugars, are doubled glucose
anhydrides of the formula C12H22O11
. They are usually
not fermentable as such (cf. Sucrose
), and they act
on polarized light.
2. By extension, anything resembling sugar in taste or
appearance; as, sugar of lead (lead acetate), a poisonous
white crystalline substance having a sweet taste.
3. Compliment or flattery used to disguise or render
acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words.
. See Quercite
, sugar made from the sugar cane; sucrose, or an
isomeric sugar. See Sucrose
, or Diabetic sugar
(Med. Chem.), a variety
of sugar (grape sugar or dextrose) excreted in the urine
in diabetes mellitus; -- the presence of such a sugar in
the urine is used to diagnose the illness.
. See under Fruit
, and Fructose
, a sirupy or white crystalline sugar (dextrose
or glucose) found as a characteristic ingredient of ripe
grapes, and also produced from many other sources. See
, and Glucose
. See under Invert
, a variety of sugar isomeric with sucrose, found
in malt. See Maltose
, a substance found in manna, resembling, but
distinct from, the sugars. See Mannite
, a variety of sugar characteristic of fresh
milk, and isomeric with sucrose. See Lactose
, a sweet white crystalline substance isomeric
with, and formerly regarded to, the glucoses. It is found
in the tissue of muscle, the heart, liver, etc. Called
also heart sugar
. See Inosite
. See Pinite
(Com. Chem.), a variety of dextrose made by
the action of heat and acids on starch from corn,
potatoes, etc.; -- called also potato sugar
, corn sugar
, and, inaccurately, invert sugar
. See Dextrose
, one who refines sugar.
(Bot.), a variety of beet (Beta vulgaris
very large white roots, extensively grown, esp. in Europe,
for the sugar obtained from them.
(Bot.), the hackberry.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small
South American singing birds of the genera C[oe]reba
, and allied genera belonging to the family
. They are allied to the honey eaters.
. See Sugar orchard
, a place in or near a sugar orchard, where maple
sugar is made.
, sugar candy. [Obs.]
, sugar clarified and concreted or crystallized;
candy made from sugar.
(Bot.), a tall perennial grass (Saccharum officinarium
), with thick short-jointed stems. It has
been cultivated for ages as the principal source of sugar.
(a) A loaf or mass of refined sugar, usually in the form
of a truncated cone.
(b) A hat shaped like a sugar loaf.
Why, do not or know you, grannam, and that sugar
loaf? --J. Webster.
(Bot.), the rock maple (Acer saccharinum
, a machine for pressing out the juice of the
sugar cane, usually consisting of three or more rollers,
between which the cane is passed.
(a) A small mite (Tyroglyphus sacchari
), often found in
great numbers in unrefined sugar.
(b) The lepisma.
Sugar of lead
. See Sugar
, 2, above.
Sugar of milk
. See under Milk
, a collection of maple trees selected and
preserved for purpose of obtaining sugar from them; --
called also, sometimes, sugar bush
. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
(Bot.), an immense coniferous tree (Pinus Lambertiana
) of California and Oregon, furnishing a soft
and easily worked timber. The resinous exudation from the
stumps, etc., has a sweetish taste, and has been used as a
substitute for sugar.
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian flying phalanger
), having a long bushy tail and a
large parachute. It resembles a flying squirrel. See
Illust. under Phlanger
, small tongs, as of silver, used at table for
taking lumps of sugar from a sugar bowl.
. (Bot.) See Sugar maple