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[mahm-zee] /ˈmɑm zi/
a strong, sweet wine with a strong flavor, originally made in Greece but now made mainly in Madeira.
Origin of malmsey
1325-75; Middle English malmesye < Middle Low GermanMonemvasia Greek town where it was originally produced Unabridged
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a sweet Madeira wine
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped
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Word Origin and History for malmsey

c.1400, type of strong, sweet white wine, from Provençal malmesie or Middle Dutch malemesye, both from Medieval Latin malmasia, from Medieval Greek Monembasia "Monemvasia," a town in the southern Peloponnesus that was an important center of wine production in the Middle Ages, literally "only one entrance," from monos "alone, only" (see mono-) + embasis "entering into," from en- "in" + basis "a going, a stepping, a base" (see basis).

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