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muscadel

[muhs-kuh-del] /ˌmʌs kəˈdɛl/
noun
1.
Also, muscadelle.

muscatel

[muhs-kuh-tel, muhs-kuh-tel] /ˌmʌs kəˈtɛl, ˈmʌs kəˌtɛl/
noun
1.
a sweet wine made from muscat grapes.
2.
a muscat grape.
3.
a raisin made from muscat grapes.
Also, muscadel, muscadelle.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Middle French, equivalent to muscat muscat + -el noun suffix; replacing Middle English muscadel(le) < Middle French, equivalent to muscad- (< Old Provençal muscade, feminine of muscat musky) + -elle, feminine of -el noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for muscadelle

muscadel

/ˌmʌskəˈdɛl/
noun
1.
another name for muscatel

muscatel

/ˌmʌskəˈtɛl/
noun
1.
Also called muscat. a rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes
2.
the grape or raisin from a muscat vine
Word Origin
C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk
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Word Origin and History for muscadelle

muscatel

n.

1530s, variant of muskadell (c.1400), from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal *muscadel, diminutive of muscat "(grape) with the fragrance of musk" (see muscat).

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