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[mur-loh; French mer-loh] /ˈmɜr loʊ; French mɛrˈloʊ/
a dark-blue grape used in winemaking, especially in the Bordeaux region of France and in areas of Italy, Switzerland, and California.
Origin of Merlot
< French: literally, young blackbird, derivative of merle merle1, probably alluding to the color of the grape Unabridged
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noun (sometimes not capital)
a black grape grown in France and now throughout the wine-producing world, used, often in a blend, for making wine
any of various wines made from this grape
Word Origin
from French merlot, literally: young blackbird, diminutive of merlemerle1, probably alluding to the colour of the grape
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