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varietal

[vuh-rahy-i-tl] /vəˈraɪ ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, designating, or characteristic of a variety.
2.
constituting a variety.
3.
(in U.S. winemaking) designating a wine made entirely or chiefly from one variety of grape.
noun
4.
a varietal wine named for such a grape (distinguished from generic).
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; variet(y) + -al1
Related forms
varietally, adverb
intervarietal, adjective
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Examples from the web for varietal
  • The only thing they knew about each wine was the varietal and price range.
  • To accelerate progress in varietal development, two generations of all segregating materials were grown each year.
  • Now he has turned his hand and palate to making a cross-varietal blend.
  • Each is a petri dish parenthesized by ocean, fermenting its unique varietal of weirdness.
  • varietal differences in amylose content of rice starch.
  • The order provides authority for volume and quality regulations and reporting requirements by varietal type of raisin.
British Dictionary definitions for varietal

varietal

/vəˈraɪɪtəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, characteristic of, designating, or forming a variety, esp a biological variety
noun
2.
a wine labelled with the name of the grape from which it is pressed
Derived Forms
varietally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for varietal
adj.

1866, a biologists' word (first attested in Darwin), from variety. In reference to wines, meaning "made from a single variety of grape" is first attested 1941, American English. As a noun, in this sense, attested from 1955.

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