Definition of albariza in English:

albariza

noun

  • A whitish, chalky loam characteristic of the sherry-producing region around the city of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Henderson (1783–1835), portrait painter. From Spanish albariza, use as noun of albariza, feminine of albarizo (adjective) whitish (from albar white + -iza (from -īcea: see -itious)), probably (despite the chronology) short for tierra albariza whitish soil or land; compare Spanish albarizo (masculine) in the same sense, probably short for terreno albarizo (both 1807 or earlier).

Pronunciation

albariza

/ˌalbəˈriːθə//ˌalbəˈriːsə/