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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: çucre, from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, from Sanskrit sarkara

sugar

1 noun
     
sugar
sug‧ar1 S2 W3
1 [uncountable]DF a sweet white or brown substance that is obtained from plants and used to make food and drinks sweet:
Do you take sugar in your coffee?
2 [countable] British EnglishDF the amount of sugar that a small spoon can hold:
How many sugars do you want in your tea?
3 [countable] technicalHBP one of several sweet substances formed in plants
4 spoken used to address someone you like very much
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