[sey-mee-yohn; French sey-mee-yawn]

Origin of Sémillon

1870–75; < French, earlier sémilion < Gascon semilhoun, equivalent to Old Provençal semilh(ar) to sow, derivative of seme seed (< Latin sēmen; see semen) + Gascon, Provençal -oun agentive suffix (apparently alluding to the variety's high productivity)
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  1. a white grape grown in the Bordeaux area of France and in Australia, used for making wine
  2. any of various white wines made from this grape

Word Origin for Sémillon

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