American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thick syrup produced in refining raw sugar and ranging from light to dark brown in color.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The uncrystallized syrup produced in the manufacture of sugar. It properly differs from treacle in that it comes from sugar in the process of making, while treacle is obtained in the process of refining: but the two words are often used synonymously.
- n. The repellent fluid ejected from the mouths of grasshoppers and certain other insects when captured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The thick, brown or dark colored, viscid, uncrystallizable sirup which drains from sugar, in the process of manufacture; any thick, viscid, sweet sirup made from vegetable juice or sap, as of the sorghum or maple. See treacle.
- n. thick dark syrup produced by boiling down juice from sugar cane; especially during sugar refining
- French mélasse or Portuguese melaço compare Spanish melaza, from Late Latin mellaceus "honeylike", "honey-sweet", from Latin mel, mellis, "honey". See mellifluous and compare melasses. (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese melaços, pl. of melaço, from Late Latin mellāceum, must, from Latin mel, mell-, honey; see melit- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The proportion of soda to molasses that can usually be relied on for hot breads and cakes is _1 teaspoonful of soda to 1 cupful of molasses_, or just twice the quantity of soda that is generally used with sour milk.”
“A molasses known as _sorghum molasses_ is made by boiling the sap of sorghum, which is a stout cereal grass, but this variety is seldom found on the general market, it being used locally where it is manufactured.”
“Each character is finely defined and the secrets that they keep from each other come out as slowly as the molasses comes from the jar in the winter.”
“O master,' he said, 'we have laid by great wealth in molasses and sugar and flour, but our shack is yet mean, our clothes thin, and our sleeping furs mangy.”
“As you try to track them it feels like the camera is moving in molasses and it becomes difficult to dispatch them.”
“My cold dark place is where my every action or thought is like swimming in molasses and monotony rules supreme.”
“Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice that has been boiled down to an intensely flavored syrup.”
“Blackstrap molasses is the darkest, thickest and least sweet of the types of molasses and is the result of the third and final boiling of the sugar cane juice.”
“Dark molasses is sometimes called “robust molasses,” as well.”
“The most widely available molasses is sugar cane molasses because it is often used in baking.”
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