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[rah-kee, ruh-, rak-ee, rah-kee] /rɑˈki, rə-, ˈræk i, ˈrɑ ki/
a spirituous liquor distilled from grain, grapes, plums, etc., in southeastern Europe and the Near East.
Origin of raki
1665-75; < Turkish < Arabic ʿaraqī, equivalent to ʿaraq arrack + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
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  • rakee, a kind of brandy, was handed about; and afterwards a musician came in and played and sang to amuse the company.

    Far Off

    Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The latter live almost entirely upon maizePg 265 and sliegovich, a kind of rakee made out of plums, and extremely fiery.

    Herzegovina George Arbuthnot
British Dictionary definitions for rakee


/rɑːˈkiː; ˈrækɪ/
a strong spirit distilled in Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, etc, from grain, usually flavoured with aniseed or other aromatics
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish rāqī
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