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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variety of grape originating in southern France and Italy.
  • n. A dry red wine made from this grape.

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  • n. A dry red wine of a certain French type.

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  • n. black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
  • n. dry red wine made from a grape grown widely in Bordeaux and California

Etymologies

French, young blackbird, merlot, diminutive of merle, blackbird (probably from the color of the grape), from Old French; see merle1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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