sugar cane

See also: sugarcane and sugar-cane

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sugar cane (usually uncountable, plural sugar canes)

  1. A tropical grass of the genus Saccharum (especially the species Saccharum officinarum, including hybrids) having stout, fibrous, jointed stalks, the sap of which is a source of sugar.
    • 2005, Helen Oyeyemi, The Icarus Girl, Bloomsbury, page 306:
      Daniel was watching Sarah, Bose and Femi munch contentedly on the firm sweetness of sugar cane, plucking back the green with their fingers to reveal the creamy yellow-white that left gluey juices on their hands and clothes.
  2. A candy cane, an edible candy in the shape of a cane.

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