a sweet grape from which malmsey wine is made.

Origin of malvasia

1830–40; < Italian, for Monemvasia. See malmsey
Related formsmal·va·si·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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another word for malmsey
the type of grape used to make malmsey
Derived FormsMalvasian, adjective

Word Origin for Malvasia

C19: from Italian, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey
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