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[sliv-uh-vits, -wits, shliv-] /ˈslɪv ə vɪts, -wɪts, ˈʃlɪv-/
a dry, usually colorless, slightly bitter plum brandy from E Europe.
Also, slivovic, slivowitz
[sliv-uh-vits] /ˈslɪv ə vɪts/ (Show IPA)
Origin of slivovitz
1895-1900; < German Sliwowitz < Serbo-Croatian šljȉvovica, derivative of šljȉva plum Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for slivovitz
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  • I daresay they kept off the rheumatism by extra potations of slivovitz.

    Round About the Carpathians Andrew F. Crosse
  • There is a flask of slivovitz (the plum brandy of the country) underneath the seat, if you should require it.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • "Nikola, serve rakija," said the Archimandrite, and Nikola filled two little glasses with slivovitz and put them before us.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • What have they to work for beyond the necessary quantity of maize, slivovitz, and tobacco?

    Round About the Carpathians Andrew F. Crosse
British Dictionary definitions for slivovitz


/ˈslɪvəvɪts; ˈsliːvə-/
a plum brandy from E Europe
Word Origin
from Serbo-Croat šljivovica, from sljiva plum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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