a dry Spanish sherry
Origin of manzanillaSp, diminutive of manzana, apple: see manchineel; connection with apples not clear
A pale, very dry sherry from Spain.
Origin of manzanillaSpanish, probably from manzanilla, chamomile (because the aroma of the sherry was thought to resemble chamomile), from Old Spanish mançanilla , diminutive of mançana , apple, alteration of earlier maçana, from Latin (māla) Mattiāna, variant of (māla) Matiāna, (apples) of Matius, possibly after Gaius Matius, Calvena (fl. first century BC), Roman author of a work on gastronomy.