One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A variety of grape grown widely in the western Mediterranean countries (Spain, Portugal, south-western France, Morocco, and Algeria) and used in the manufacture of (chiefly dry) white wines, and also of sparkling wines, rosés, and light red wines.
Late 19th century. From Spanish Macabeo, Maccabeo, Portuguese Macabeu, French Maccabéo: further etymology uncertain.
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