One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin Massicus of or belonging to Mount Massicus, the name of a mountain in Campania (Latin Mons Massicus, Italian Monte Massico), famous for the quality of its wine. As noun after classical Latin Massicum, use as noun of neuter of Massicus (in e.g. vinum Massicum).
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