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Designating a type of very strong and fragrant wine which according to Homer's Odyssey was given by Maron to Odysseus, and used by Odysseus to intoxicate the Cyclops Polyphemus.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From classical Latin Marōnēus, adjective (from Marōnēa (also Marōnīa) from ancient Greek Μαρώνεια, the name of a town in Thrace) + -an: see -ean, -ian.
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