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

  • n. A tall tropical southeast Asian grass (Saccharum officinarum) having thick, solid, tough stems that are a chief commercial source of sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical grass of the genus Saccharum (especially the species Saccharum officinarum) having stout, fibrous, jointed stalks, the sap of which is a source of sugar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tall perennial grass (Saccharum officinarium), with thick short-jointed stems. It has been cultivated for ages as the principal source of sugar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A saccharine grass, Saccharum officinarum, the original source of manufactured sugar, and still the source of most of the supply.
  • n. In recent years sugar-cane has frequently been grown from seed and the seedlings, which present great variation, have been utilized for selection, but not for cropping.

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

  • n. tall tropical southeast Asian grass having stout fibrous jointed stalks; sap is a chief source of sugar
  • n. juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial sugar; fresh canes are sometimes chewed for the juice
  • n. tall tropical southeast Asian grass having stout fibrous jointed stalks; sap is a chief source of sugar
  • n. juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial sugar; fresh canes are sometimes chewed for the juice

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