One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of distinct varieties of vine yielding black grapes used in winemaking, and originating in the French Rhône region; a grape of one of these varieties.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From French petite Sirrah from petite, feminine of petit + Sirrah.
Petite Sirah/pəˌtiːt sɪˈrɑː/
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