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Any reddish-coloured wine, typically made by fermenting the skins and the juice of (dark-skinned) grapes together.
Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. From red + wine. Compare Middle Dutch rode wijn (Dutch roode wijn), Middle Low German rōtwīn, Old High German rōt-wīn (Middle High German rōt-wīn, German Rotwein), Swedish rödvin, Danish rød-vin. Compare also post-classical Latin vinum rubeum.
red wine/ˌrɛd ˈwʌɪn/
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