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Via Middle English from Middle Dutch malemeseye, via Old French from Ancient Greek Μονεμβασία, from μόνος (mónos) + ἔμβασις (émbasis, entering into) (ἐν (en) + βάσις (básis)).


malmsey (countable and uncountable, plural malmseys)

  1. A sweet, fortified wine made in Madeira, originally from the malvasia grape.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , New York, 2001, p.223:
      All black wines, over-hot, compound, strong, thick drinks, as muscadine, malmsey, alicant, rumney, brown bastard, metheglin, and the like []