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n. pl. malm·seys
A sweet fortified wine originally made in Greece and now produced mainly in Madeira.

[Middle English, ultimately from Medieval Latin malvasia, malmasia, alteration of Medieval Greek Monemvasia (Malvasia), a village of southern Greece.]
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(Brewing) a sweet Madeira wine
[C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped]
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(ˈmɑm zi)

a sweet wine of Madeira.
[1325–75; < Medieval Latin Malmasia < Greek Monemvasia Greek town where orig. produced]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malmsey - sweet Madeira winemalmsey - sweet Madeira wine      
Madeira - an amber dessert wine from the Madeira Islands
malvasia - used to make malmsey wine
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nMalvasier(wein) m
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Who knowest but that thou mayest catch Robin Hood yet, if thou drinkest less good sack and Malmsey, and bringest down the fat about thy paunch and the dust from out thy brain.
Then several yeomen came forward and spread cloths upon the green grass, and placed a royal feast; while others still broached barrels of sack and Malmsey and good stout ale, and set them in jars upon the cloth, with drinking horns about them.
"Is it not enough that you leech me of good marks of such a quantity that you may ever after wear mantles of villosa and feast on simnel bread and malmsey, that you must needs burden me still further with the affliction of thy vile tongue?
For example, an English prince died one day because they had put him into a butt of Malmsey. I heard the Chevalier d'Herblay say so."
"That means a quart of the best malmsey in Southampton this very night, Matthew Atwood.
Do but speak what thou'lt have me to do, and I'll do't: if thou'lt dance naked, put off thy clothes, and I'll conjure thee about presently; or, if thou'lt go but to the tavern with me, I'll give thee white wine, red wine, claret-wine, sack, muscadine, malmsey, and whippincrust, hold, belly, hold; and we'll not pay one penny for it.
According to legend, he drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.
1478: George, Duke of Clarence, was murdered in the Tower of London - allegedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.
The richest of all is Blandy's 10 year-old Malmsey, which is made from the grape Malvasia Christmas spices dominate this wine mixed with underlying flavours of dried fruits.
Erbyn yr ail ganrif ar bymtheg roedd 'na gnwd arall wedi ennill ei dir, sef gwinwydd ac mae'r ynys yn enwog am Win Madeira neu'r 'Malmsey' fel roedd o'n cael ei adnabod yn wreiddiol.
Moreover, the application of this knowledge to vine growing is important for the oenological and marketing potential of wine made with the malmsey grape variety.
After much equivocation and hesitation, the first executioner stabs Clarence and then, seeing that his victim is still alive, takes him offstage to drown him in a butt of malmsey. The second executioner, meanwhile, seduced by Clarences appeals for mercy, refuses to assist.