Cri­olla: what does it mean?

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Cri­olla (or Cri­ollo in mas­cu­line form) is a term that was coined in the colo­nial era for peo­ple, an­i­mals or plants of Span­ish (or some­times Euro­pean) de­scent, de­vel­oped or born in Latin Amer­ica.

Among its many other mean­ings, Cri­olla is used to re­fer to a set of grape va­ri­eties that were brought from Spain and planted in the Amer­i­cas dur­ing the coloni­sa­tion. Cri­olla va­ri­eties to­day also in­clude an ex­ten­sive fam­ily of cross­ings be­tween these orig­i­nal va­ri­eties.

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