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[ter-wahr; French ter-war]
  1. the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma: the high quality of the region’s terroir.
  2. Also called goût de ter·roir [goo duh ter-wahr; gooduh ter-war] /ˈgu də tɛrˈwɑr; gudə tɛrˈwar/. the unique flavor and aroma of a wine that is attributed to the growing environment of the grapes.
  3. the conditions in which a food is grown or produced and that give the food its unique characteristics: grass-fed beef with an Idaho terroir.
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Origin of terroir

< French: literally, ‘soil, land’
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  1. winemaking the combination of factors, including soil, climate, and environment, that gives a wine its distinctive character
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Word Origin

literally: soil
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