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or mer·lot  (mər-lō′, mĕr-)
1. A variety of grape originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France that is used to make red wine.
2. A dry red wine made from this grape.

[French, young blackbird, Merlot, diminutive of merle, blackbird (probably from the color of the grape), from Old French; see merle1.]
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n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Plants) a black grape grown in France and now throughout the wine-producing world, used, often in a blend, for making wine
2. (Brewing) any of various wines made from this grape
[from French merlot, literally: young blackbird, diminutive of merle merle1, probably alluding to the colour of the grape]
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(ˈmɜr loʊ, mɛrˈloʊ)

n. (often l.c.)
1. a dark blue grape used in winemaking, esp. in Bordeaux and California.
2. a red wine made from this grape.
[< French]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Merlot - black wine grape originally from the region of BordeauxMerlot - black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
2.Merlot - dry red wine made from a grape grown widely in Bordeaux and California
red wine - wine having a red color derived from skins of dark-colored grapes
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