World English Dictionary
Shiraz1 (ʃɪəˈrɑːz)
a city in SW Iran, at an altitude of 1585 m (5200 ft): an important Muslim cultural centre in the 14th century; university (1948); noted for fine carpets. Pop: 1 230 000 (2005 est)

Shiraz2 (ʃɪəˈrɑːz)
the name used in Australia for the Syrah grape and wines
[from Shiraz1, where the wine supposedly originated]

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Word Origin & History

wine made in the district of Shiraz, a city in Persia, 1634. As the name for a red wine made from a type of grape grown in the Rhône valley of France, it is recorded from 1908, from Fr. syrah,the name apparently altered in Eng. on mistaken notion that the grape was brought to Europe from the Middle
East by Crusaders.
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