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 (ăr′ək, ə-răk′)
Any of various strong alcoholic liquors of South Asia and Southeast Asia, usually distilled from fermented palm sap, rice, or molasses. Also called arak.

[Arabic 'araq, sweat, strong clear distilled liquor originally made from dates; see arak.]
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(ˈærək) or


(Brewing) a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc
[C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor]
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or ar•ak

(ˈær ək, əˈræk)

a distilled beverage, esp. of the Middle East, made from fermented grain, rice, or dates.
[1595–1605; < Arabic ‘araq literally, sweat, juice]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arrack - any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molassesarrack - any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
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[ˈærək] Narac m, aguardiente m de palma or caña
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nArrak m
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References in classic literature ?
At evening time Moti Guj would wash down his three hundred pounds' weight of green food with a quart of arrack, and Deesa would take a share, and sing songs between Moti Guj's legs till it was time to go to bed.
When all was ready we set sail for Achin, in the island of Sumatra, and from thence to Siam, where we exchanged some of our wares for opium and some arrack; the first a commodity which bears a great price among the Chinese, and which at that time was much wanted there.
The colourful boatman Dharambharam was complaining of how no tourists meant that a lack of tips was making it difficult to afford his evening arrack! The fishing was quite good though with the aggressive juvenile barracudas striking the lures almost as soon as they hit the water.
The fermented sap of coconut flowers can be distilled into an alcoholic drink called arrack.
The guests drank arrack and danced to elevate themselves from the agonies of their social reality.
The drinks list specialises in cocktails, including ones you may not have come across before - Ceylon Arrack anyone?
We enjoyed a stunning authentic Sri Lankan meal for two at Unawatuna, accompanied by warm hospitality, a rustic interior, and sips of arrack. A delight to the senses.
The selection includes 60 different rums as well as cachaca (made from fermented sugarcane juice) and arrack (a South Asian distilled spirit).
The underrated lambanog or coconut arrack is considered a poor man's drink.
Locally made alcoholic drinks like neera, arrack may be the routes of faeco-oral transmission of amoebic cysts.
At the same time, we expect sales volumes of hard liquor market leader DIST to drop, as consumers substitute strong beer for arrack, the most popular hard liquor in the country.