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Pinot

[pee-noh]
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  1. any of several varieties of purple or white vinifera grapes yielding a red or white wine, used especially in making burgundies and champagnes.
  2. a red (Pinot Noir) or white (Pinot Blanc) wine made from this grape.
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Origin of Pinot

1910–15; < French, equivalent to pine pine cone + -ot noun suffix
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n.

type of grape vine used in wine-making, 1912, American English variant spelling of French pineau (attested in English from 1763), name of a family of wine grapes, from pin "pine tree" (see pine (n.)) + diminutive suffix -eau. So called from the shape of the grape clusters. Variants are pinot noir, "black," pinot blanc, "white," and pinot gris, "gray."

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