Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hard confection that is made by cooling a concentrated sugar syrup into large clear crystals around a piece of string or a stick.

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  • n. a confectionary made by crystallizing sugar around a string

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a form of candy consisting of crystals of pure sugar which are very hard, whence the name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pure sugar in cohering crystals of considerable size and hardness. Also called candy-sugar, and sometimes Gibraltar rock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)
  • n. sugar in large hard clear crystals on a string

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Examples

  • The house on Conway Street was nearly a mile from any other people, and about four times that from the rock candy and headcheese and flesh-toned stockings, from Theresa’s fields and from Carolyn’s front steps, from the polka park and from the river.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

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  • Rock candy (also called rock sugar) is a type of confectionery composed of relatively large sugar crystals. Homemade rock candy is commonly formed by allowing a supersaturated solution of sugar and water to crystallize onto a string or some other surface suitable for crystal nucleation. Heating the water before adding the sugar allows more sugar to dissolve and thus produces larger crystals. Crystals form after several days. Food coloring is often added to the mixture to produce colored candy.
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    Excerpt from Big Rock Candy Mountain by Harry McClintock

    On a summer day in the month of May a burly bum came hiking
    Down a shady lane through the sugar cane, he was looking for his liking.
    As he roamed along he sang a song of the land of milk and honey
    Where a bum can stay for many a day, and he won't need any money

    Oh the buzzin' of the bees in the cigarette trees near the soda water fountain,
    At the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings on the Big Rock Candy Mountains

    February 8, 2008