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

Definition of molasses in English:


[mass noun]
1Thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process.
Example sentences
  • 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 Syrup used in baking and to pour over food.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with molasses

congeries • Potteries
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