WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- raw or unrefined sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses.
- Vulgar Latin *minuscapāre, equivalent. to Latin minus smaller, less (see minus) + Vulgar Latin *-capāre, derivative of *capum, for Latin caput head; compare achieve, mischief
- Portuguese (açúcar) mascavado, past participle of mascavar to separate raw sugar, earlier meoscabar, reduced form of menoscabar to belittle, detract from, cognate with Spanish menoscabar to diminish, reduce
- Spanish (azúcar) mascabado)
- ( 1635–45