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[ar-uh k, uh-rak] /ˈær ək, əˈræk/


or arak

[ar-uh k, uh-rak] /ˈær ək, əˈræk/
any of various spirituous liquors distilled in the East Indies and other parts of the East and Middle East from the fermented sap of toddy palms, or from fermented molasses, rice, or other materials.
Origin of arrack
1595-1605; < Arabic ʿaraq literally, sweat, juice; see raki Unabridged
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  • arak is the favourite refreshment at these times, and is indulged in by both Christian and Moslem alike.

  • For we were in accord about this, that in New York whiskey is better than arak.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He replied, "I would go to your country if you would give me lots of tej and arak, and nothing to do."

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • If the sahib will beat him with a whip he will tell who brought the arak.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • They rode until late that night, for they were anxious to come to the gorge of arak some time the next day.

    Captured by the Arabs James H. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for arak


a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor
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Word Origin and History for arak



c.1600, probably picked up in India, ultimately from Arabic araq, literally "sweat, juice;" used of native liquors in Eastern countries, especially those distilled from fermented sap of coconut palm, sometimes from rice or molasses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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