One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thick, dark brown syrup obtained from raw sugar during the refining process, a version of which is used in baking.
- ‘Rum is made by fermenting either cane juice or molasses mixed with water, and then distilling the resulting low-alcohol wine.’
- ‘MSG is a powdered form of glutamate made by fermenting molasses from sugar cane and beets.’
- ‘They developed a much simpler and cheaper process using fermented molasses or wheat - eventually manufacturers realised that almost any protein can be broken down to produce it.’
- ‘Sugar beet molasses, a processing byproduct, is used for making yeast, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.’
- ‘Nowadays it is usually manufactured from wheat gluten or beet molasses by a fermentation process devised in the 1950s.’
Mid 16th century: from Portuguese melaço, from late Latin mellacium ‘must’, based on mel ‘honey’.
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