Definition of molasses in English:

molasses

Line breaks: mo|las¦ses
Pronunciation: /məˈlasɪz
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process.
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    • They developed a much simpler and cheaper process using fermented molasses or wheat - eventually manufacturers realised that almost any protein can be broken down to produce it.
    • Nowadays it is usually manufactured from wheat gluten or beet molasses by a fermentation process devised in the 1950s.
    • MSG is a powdered form of glutamate made by fermenting molasses from sugar cane and beets.
  • 1.1North American A paler, sweeter version of this; golden syrup.
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    • The food was plain and the menus monotonous, and it took time to get used to the ever-present tea, heavily sweetened with molasses and poured from large steel drums.
    • Choose whole-grain flakes, nuggets or biscuits, with healthier, natural sweeteners like honey, molasses or brown rice syrup.
    • Add the molasses, corn oil, and maple syrup and, using a rubber spatula, gently stir to combine.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Portuguese melaço, from late Latin mellacium 'must', based on mel 'honey'.

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