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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maceration(noun)

    softening due to soaking or steeping

  2. bonyness, boniness, emaciation, gauntness, maceration(noun)

    extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)


  1. maceration(Noun)

    The act or process of macerating.

  2. Origin: maceratio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maceration(noun)

    the act or process of macerating

  2. Origin: [L. maceratio: cf. F. macration.]


  1. Maceration

    Maceration is the winemaking process where the phenolic materials of the grape—tannins, coloring agents and flavor compounds—are leached from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the must. To macerate is to soften by soaking, and maceration is the process by which the red wine receives its red color, since 99% of all grape juice is clear-grayish in color. In the production of white wines, maceration is either actively avoided or allowed in very limited manner in the form of a short amount of skin contact with the juice prior to pressing. This is more common in the production of varietals with less natural flavor and body structure like Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon. For Rosé, red wines grapes are allowed some maceration between the skins and must, but not to the extent of red wine production. While maceration is a technique usually associated with wine, it is used with other drinks, such as Lambic, piołunówka, Campari and crème de cassis, and also used to steep unflavored spirit with herbs for making herb-based alcohol like absinthe.

Anagrams for maceration »

  1. racemation

  2. cameration


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maceration in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maceration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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