a thick, usually dark-brown syrup produced during the refining of sugar, or from sorghum, etc.
Origin of molassesfrom Portuguese melaço from Late Latin mellaceum, must from Classical Latin mellaceus, resembling honey from mel, honey: see mildew
- A thick syrup produced in refining raw sugar and ranging from light to dark brown in color.
- Any of various thick syrups made from juice extracted from the fruits or stalks of certain plants: pomegranate molasses.
Origin of molassesPortuguese melaços pl. of melaço from Late Latin mellāceum must from Latin mel mell- honey ; see melit- in Indo-European roots.
- plural form of molasse