[rah-kee, ruh-, rak-ee, rah-kee]
- a spirituous liquor distilled from grain, grapes, plums, etc., in southeastern Europe and the Near East.
Origin of raki
1665–75; < Turkish < Arabic ʿaraqī, equivalent to ʿaraq arrack + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for raki
“My sales have dropped by 90 percent,” said Nurettin, the owner of a store filled with wine, beer, Raki and whisky.With New Turkish Liquor Ban, Raki Goes Underground
June 13, 2014
Raki is a colourless spirit, extracted from the skins of grapes after the wine-making.
These consisted of two little public-houses, one famous for its wine, the other for its raki.
The sole effect of the raki was to make him exceedingly devotional.
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.
- a strong spirit distilled in Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, etc, from grain, usually flavoured with aniseed or other aromatics
C17: from Turkish rāqī
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