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or rakee

[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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  • The servants removed the coffee cups, the raki and the open, half-emptied boxes of cigars.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • These consisted of two little public-houses, one famous for its wine, the other for its raki.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The servants were clearing away the coffee and the raki, and bearing off the open and half-emptied cigar-boxes.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • raki is a colourless spirit, extracted from the skins of grapes after the wine-making.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • I found few Albanians indeed had very delicate consciences when raki was in question.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The sole effect of the raki was to make him exceedingly devotional.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • They then diluted the mass of fruit with raki, or peach brandy, and struggled home or to sleep as best they could.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • Moreover, I had heard of this raki of theirs, which is so much fire-water, and I didn't take their temperance very seriously.

  • Perhaps many are, but not town Turks, who consume quantities of raki, the strongest fire-water man ever invented.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for raki


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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