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raki

or ra·kee

[rah-kee, ruh-, rak-ee, rah-kee]
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noun
  1. a spirituous liquor distilled from grain, grapes, plums, etc., in southeastern Europe and the Near East.
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Origin of raki

1665–75; < Turkish < Arabic ʿaraqī, equivalent to ʿaraq arrack + suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for raki

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  • These consisted of two little public-houses, one famous for its wine, the other for its raki.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • Raki is a colourless spirit, extracted from the skins of grapes after the wine-making.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • The sole effect of the raki was to make him exceedingly devotional.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • Moreover, I had heard of this raki of theirs, which is so much fire-water, and I didn't take their temperance very seriously.

  • Raki and mastic, the favourite beverages of this part of Europe, are drinkable: that is all that can be said for them.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight


British Dictionary definitions for raki

raki

rakee

noun
  1. a strong spirit distilled in Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, etc, from grain, usually flavoured with aniseed or other aromatics
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Word Origin

C17: from Turkish rāqī
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