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In France: a designation for wine (and some foods) guaranteeing that it was produced in the region specific to its name; the system under which such designations are awarded. Abbreviated AOC.
1960s; earliest use found in Allan Sichel (1900–1965). From French appellation d'origine contrôlée from appellation + de of + origine + contrôlée, feminine of past participle of contrôler.
Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée/ˌapɛlasjɒ̃ ˌdɒrɪˈʒiːn ˌkɒ̃trəʊˈleɪ/
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