from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In sugar-producing regions, an establishment in which the sugar-cane from any number of plantations is ground and the sugar extracted, thus enabling the planters to devote their whole time to cane cultivation; a central sugar-house. The usines are generally owned by companies, and the cane is either bought outright or worked up for a fixed price, or for a percentage of the product. Called also sugar-usine.
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