alkermes

[ al-kur-meez ]
/ ælˈkɜr miz /

noun

a Mediterranean liqueur made from brandy flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices, and colored red with kermes or cochineal.

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Origin of alkermes

1595–1605; < Spanish < Arabic al the + qirmiz kermes
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Example sentences from the Web for alkermes

  • This is the original formula for the alkermes de Santa Maria Novella, which is much valued.

  • They enter into alkermes, a sort of liquor served at dinner in Italy, chiefly at Florence and Naples.

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