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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A sweet fortified wine originally made in Greece and now produced mainly in Madeira.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.]


(Brewing) a sweet Madeira wine
[C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped]


(ˈmɑm zi)

a sweet wine of Madeira.
[1325–75; < Medieval Latin Malmasia < Greek Monemvasia Greek town where orig. produced]
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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References in classic literature ?
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.
That means a quart of the best malmsey in Southampton this very night, Matthew Atwood.
muscadine, malmsey, and whippincrust, hold, belly, hold; and
The first Duke of Clarence, George Plantagenet, was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine in the Tower of London during the War of the Roses.
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.
According to legend, he drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.
Even Shakespeare was a fan of the vino here and he references the island's Malmsey wine in Henry IV.
Bual Madeiras, which are slightly less sweet, were overwhelmed, but chocolate and malmsey indeed was a lovely match.
What was the title of the son of Richard Duke of York who was allegedly killed by being drowned in a butt of malmsey wine?