One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The refuse of grapes or other fruit that has been pressed for winemaking.
- ‘Brandy is the umbrella term for a spirit produced from grape pomace or marc (debris left over after fermentation), or from wine or fruit.’
- ‘A recent entry sang the praises of Tomme Affinee au Marc de Raisin, a cow's milk cheese that has been aged under a thick blanket of grape marc.’
- ‘There is no advantage to be gained by attempting to press the marc because all of the soluble constituents have entered into solution.’
- ‘Some other tommes benefit from added flavours: brandy, or the spirit made from marc, or fennel, etc.’
- 1.1 An alcoholic spirit distilled from marc.
- ‘The marcs are then aged by individual champagne houses who sell them under their own names.’
- ‘Such a brandy is called marc in France, grappa in Italy, and bagaceira in Portugal.’
- ‘Duties on bottled spirits produced of wine or marc will be curtailed.’
- ‘Then there was St Felicien or tiny wild strawberries by themselves with sugar or prunes in a bath of wine and marc.’
Early 17th century: from French, from marcher in the early sense ‘to trample’.
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