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Shiraz

[shi-rahz]
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noun
  1. a city in SW Iran.
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Shiraz1

noun
  1. 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

noun
  1. the name used in Australia for the Syrah grape and wines

Word Origin

from Shiraz 1, where the wine supposedly originated
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Word Origin and History for shiraz

Shiraz

n.

wine made in the district of Shiraz, city in Persia, 1630s. 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 French syrah, the name apparently altered in English on mistaken notion that the grape was brought to Europe from the Middle East by Crusaders. The place name is said to be from Elamite sher "good" + raz "grape."

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