from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A granular dessert ice with a sugar-syrup base, usually flavored with fruit purée, coffee, or wine.
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- n. A dessert consisting of fruit purée etc. on crushed ice.
Italian, from feminine past participle of granire, to make grainy, granulate; see granite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian granire ("to granulate"). Compare granite. (Wiktionary)