American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sweet fortified wine originally made in Greece and now produced mainly in Madeira. Also called malvasia, malvoisie.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of grape.
- n. A wine, usually sweet, strong, and of high flavor, originally and still made in Greece, but now especially in the Canary and Madeira islands, and also in the Azores and in Spain. The name is given somewhat loosely to such wines, and is used in combination, as Malmsey-Madeira. Compare
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of sweet wine from Crete, the Canary Islands, etc.
- n. sweet Madeira wine
- Middle English, ultimately from Medieval Latin malvasia, malmasia, alteration of Medieval Greek Monemvasia (Malvasia), a village of southern Greece. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Before leaving, the boats were loaded with casks of the local quaffer, which was usually a blend of several grapes: verdelho, sercial, bual, malvasia (also known as malmsey), and terrantez.”
“Of course she knows things that every English schoolboy used to know, like the Duke of Clarence — Edward's other brother — drowning in a barrel of malmsey.”
“Meghan - I can think of worse ways to go :- Drowned in a butt of malmsey, like Richard III's brother.”
“The first is while bantering with Princess: "Nay then, two treys, and if you grow so nice, Metheglin, wort, and malmsey: well run, dice!”
“And rising, and putting the tankard of malmsey to his lips, he passed it to Sir”
“If I write it down here I might even remember - it wasn't the Duke of Malmesbury who drowned in a butt of sack, it was the Duke of Clarence who drowned in a vat of malmsey. tortipede says it so it must be true.”
“Not to mention the Duke of Clarence in Richard III, said to have drowned in a tub of malmsey.”
“When it came to the bottle of malmsey he offered for dessert, I decided to test Mr. von Rock.”
“You'd drown her in a malmsey bucket and laugh while you did it.”
“I'll tell ye that story whilst sharing a split of malmsey with ye at the cantina in Sonora Town.”
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