in Muslim countries, strong alcoholic liquor, esp. that which is distilled from rice and molasses, and, sometimes, palm sap
Origin of arrackFrench arak ; from Arabic ʼaraq, sweat, palm sap, liquor
Any of various strong alcoholic liquors of South Asia and Southeast Asia, usually distilled from fermented palm sap, rice, or molasses.
Origin of arrackArabic ‘araq, sweat, strong clear distilled liquor originally made from dates; see arak.
- A name in the East Indies and the Indian islands for all ardent spirits often distilled from a fermented mixture of rice, molasses, and palm wine.
- raki, rakee
Arabic عرق (ʕáraq, “raisin liquor”).