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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Wine \Wine\, n. [OE. win, AS. win, fr. L. vinum (cf. Icel.
v[imac]n; all from the Latin); akin to Gr. o'i^nos, ?, and E.
withy. Cf. Vine, Vineyard, Vinous, Withy.]
1. The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a
beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out
their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment. "Red
wine of Gascoigne." --Piers Plowman.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and
whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. --Prov.
Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape
Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine. --Milton.
Note: Wine is essentially a dilute solution of ethyl alcohol,
containing also certain small quantities of ethers and
ethereal salts which give character and bouquet.
According to their color, strength, taste, etc., wines
are called red, white, spirituous, dry,
light, still, etc.
2. A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit
or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as,
currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine.
3. The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication.
Noah awoke from his wine. --Gen. ix. 24.
Birch wine, Cape wine, etc. See under Birch, Cape,
Spirit of wine. See under Spirit.
To have drunk wine of ape or To have drunk wine ape, to
be so drunk as to be foolish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Wine acid. (Chem.) See Tartaric acid, under Tartaric.
Wine apple (Bot.), a large red apple, with firm flesh and a
rich, vinous flavor.
Wine fly (Zool.), small two-winged fly of the genus
Piophila, whose larva lives in wine, cider, and other
Wine grower, one who cultivates a vineyard and makes wine.
Wine measure, the measure by which wines and other spirits
are sold, smaller than beer measure.
Wine merchant, a merchant who deals in wines.
Wine of opium (Pharm.), a solution of opium in aromatized
sherry wine, having the same strength as ordinary
laudanum; -- also Sydenham's laudanum.
Wine press, a machine or apparatus in which grapes are
pressed to extract their juice.
Wine skin, a bottle or bag of skin, used, in various
countries, for carrying wine.
Wine stone, a kind of crust deposited in wine casks. See
1st Tartar, 1.
(a) A vault where wine is stored.
(b) A place where wine is served at the bar, or at tables;
a dramshop. --Dickens.
Wine vinegar, vinegar made from wine.
Wine whey, whey made from milk coagulated by the use of
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