malmsey

[mahm-zee]

Origin of malmsey

1325–75; Middle English malmesye < Middle Low GermanMonemvasia Greek town where it was originally produced
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malmsey

noun
  1. a sweet Madeira wine

Word Origin for malmsey

C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped
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Word Origin and History for malmsey
n.

c.1400, type of strong, sweet white wine, from Provençal malmesie or Middle Dutch malemesye, both from Medieval Latin malmasia, from Medieval Greek Monembasia "Monemvasia," a town in the southern Peloponnesus that was an important center of wine production in the Middle Ages, literally "only one entrance," from monos "alone, only" (see mono-) + embasis "entering into," from en- "in" + basis "a going, a stepping, a base" (see basis).

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