malmsey

malmsey

[mahm-zee]
noun
a strong, sweet wine with a strong flavor, originally made in Greece but now made mainly in Madeira.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English malmesye < Middle Low GermanMonemvasia Greek town where it was originally produced

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malmsey (ˈmɑːmzɪ)
 
n
a sweet Madeira wine
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped]

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malmsey
1407, "a strong, sweet white wine," from Prov. malmesie or M.Du. malemesye, both from M.L. malmasia, from Medieval Gk. Monembasia "Monemvasia," a town in the southern Peloponnesus that was an important center of wine production in the Middle Ages, lit. "only one entrance," from monos "alone, only" +
embasis "entering into," from en- "in" + basis "a going, a stepping, a base."
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