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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[Arabic 'araq, sweat, strong clear distilled liquor originally made from dates; see arak.]
(Brewing) a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc
[C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor]
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]