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pousse-café

[ poos-ka-fey; French poos-ka-fey ]
/ ˌpus kæˈfeɪ; French pus kaˈfeɪ /
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noun, plural pousse-ca·fés [poos-ka-feyz; French poos-ka-fey]. /ˌpus kæˈfeɪz; French pus kaˈfeɪ/.
an after-dinner drink of liqueurs of various colors and specific gravities, carefully poured into a glass so as to remain floating in separate layers.
a small glass of liqueur served after coffee.
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Origin of pousse-café

1875–80; <French: literally, (it) pushes on (the) coffee

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British Dictionary definitions for pousse-café

pousse-café
/ French (puskafe) /

noun
a drink of liqueurs of different colours in unmixed layers
any liqueur taken with coffee at the end of a meal

Word Origin for pousse-café

literally: coffee-pusher
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