albariza

noun
al·​ba·​ri·​za | \ ˌäl-bə-ˈrē-sə How to pronounce albariza (audio) \

Definition of albariza

: a white, chalky soil of southwestern Spain in which wine grapes for sherry are grown The region's unique chalky soil, called albariza, is rich in calcium carbonate, clay and silica, which sucks up each winter's rainfall and in turn nourishes the vines during the dry, hot summer.— Laurie Levy, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2000

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First Known Use of albariza

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albariza

borrowed from Spanish, noun derivative from feminine of albarizo “whitish, off-white,” from albar “white” + -izo, attenuating suffix

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“Albariza.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/albariza. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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