One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating or relating to a type of ancient Greek wine, (probably) originally from the neighbourhood of Smyrna.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Pramnium Pramnian wine (Pliny; use as noun (short for Pramnium vinum) of neuter of Pramnius, adjective (not otherwise attested) from ancient Greek Πράμνιος (in Πράμνιος οἶνος Pramnian wine)) + -an.
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