tan·​nic | \ ˈta-nik How to pronounce tannic (audio) \

Definition of tannic

1 : of, resembling, or derived from tan or a tannin
2 of wine : containing an abundance of tannins : markedly astringent

Examples of tannic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The grape tends to produce wines that are tannic, darkly colored and high in acidity. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "5 Things to know about Cabernet Sauvignon, America’s most important wine grape," 13 Oct. 2016 Used on a tight, young, tannic red wine, a quick squirt from the WinePrO2 certainly made the wine taste fruitier and more accessible. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV," 4 Dec. 2020 In proper balance the sweetness counteracts the bitter skins of the pecans perfectly, and the custard layer adds lusciousness to the tannic nuts. Los Angeles Times, "A pecan pie without the finicky crust — or the too sweet filling," 12 Nov. 2020 The tannic nuts, fluffy root vegetables and sweet fruits and berries of the season are encased in a crackly crust, ready to be evenly distributed among a stack of plates. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where to get Thanksgiving pie in the Bay Area," 10 Nov. 2020 Like Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo can show remarkable elegance and purity in its dark floral, berry flavors, albeit with a bit more tannic heft. SFChronicle.com, "How to get a taste of Italian wine in California," 11 Dec. 2018 Sometimes this grape can seem like Cabernet Sauvignon: structured and tannic and a bit intense. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "5 Intimidating Wines That Are Actually Easy to Love," 8 Oct. 2020 These tannic flavors also pair well with some classic fall foods including butternut squash, mushrooms and sweet potatoes. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Forget pumpkin spice lattes. Here's why orange wine is the perfect fall drink for Arizona," 8 Oct. 2020 In Trang, a southern town near the Andaman coast, the markets were filled with vegetables harvested in the nearby hills; tannic purple-green cashew leaves and mango shoots; fresh fish mere minutes from the sea. Sam Sontag, TheWeek, "Wet markets are essential to Thai cooking. So why are they disappearing?," 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tannic

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tannic

French tannique, from tannin

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25 Dec 2020

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“Tannic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tannic. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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