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1A kind of coarse brown sugar used especially in Mexico.
2A kind of sweet similar to fudge, made with brown sugar, butter, milk or cream, and (usually) nuts. More fully "penuche fudge".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Californian. From Mexican Spanish panoche, specialized use of Spanish panocha, variant of panoja from classical Latin pānicula.
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