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[oo-zoh; Greek oo-zaw]
  1. an anise-flavored, colorless liqueur of Greece.
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Origin of ouzo

1895–1900; < Modern Greek oûzo(n); etymology uncertain
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  1. a strong aniseed-flavoured spirit from Greece
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Word Origin for ouzo

Modern Greek ouzon, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ouzo


liquor flavored with aniseed, 1898, from Modern Greek ouzo, of uncertain origin. One theory [OED] is that it derives from Italian uso Massalia, literally "for Marsailles," which was stamped on selected packages of silkworm cocoons being shipped from Thessaly, and came to be taken for "of superior quality."

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