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Meaning of maceration

mac•er•a•tion

Pronunciation: (mas"u-rā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of macerating.
  2. a process in winemaking in which the crushed grape skins are left in the juice until they have imparted the desired color or the proper amount of tannins and aroma.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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