[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈmɜːləʊ) /

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 for Merlot

from French merlot, literally: young blackbird, diminutive of merle merle 1, probably alluding to the colour of the grape
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