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Mar·sa·la 1

A city of western Sicily on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by the Carthaginians c. 397 bc, it is noted for its wine.

Mar·sa·la 2

A sweet or dry fortified wine of Sicilian origin.
Cooked or flavored with Marsala and often mushrooms: veal Marsala.

[Italian, after Marsala1.]


1. (Placename) a port in W Sicily: landing place of Garibaldi at the start of his Sicilian campaign (1860). Pop: 77 784 (2001)
2. (Brewing) (sometimes not capital) a dark sweet dessert wine made in Sicily


(mɑrˈsɑ lə)

1. a seaport in W Sicily. 46,300.
2. a sweet to dry amber-colored fortified wine of Sicily.


A fortified wine used in Italian cooking.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marsala - dark sweet or semisweet dessert wine from SicilyMarsala - dark sweet or semisweet dessert wine from Sicily
fortified wine - wine to which alcohol (usually grape brandy) has been added
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Military architecture includes city walls (Toscanos in Spain, Motye in Sicily, Monte Sirai, Tharros, and Monte Luna in Sardinia for the earlier period; Lilybaeum in Sicily, Kerkouane in Tunisia for the later period).
He supplies not only useful maps but also new, incisive observations on Ecnomus, Lilybaeum, and Drepana.
292) (he was the first of several to carry the surname Pulcher, "handsome"); elected consul (249), he was sent to Sicily to prosecute the war with the Carthaginians there; desiring to strengthen the Roman blockade of the Carthaginian stronghold at Lilybaeum (Marsala), he attacked their fleet off Drepanum; leading 123 ships to the attack, he paused--as required by religion and tradition--to conduct an augury, waiting to see if the sacred chickens ate their grain with sufficient gusto to indicate success; when the chickens balked, Pulcher is supposed to have snarled, "Well, if they will not eat, then let them drink