curaçao[kyo̵or′ə sō′, ko̵or′ə so̵u′]
a liqueur made by flavoring distilled spirits with the dried peel of bitter oranges
Origin of curaçaoafter the island of Curaçao, where origin, originally made
- largest island of the Netherlands Antilles, just north of the coast of Venezuela: 171 sq mi (443 sq km); pop. 147,000; cap. Willemstad
- Netherlands Antilles
A liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
Origin of curacaoAfter Curaçao.
An island territory of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea off the northwest coast of Venezuela. Originally inhabited by the Arawak, it was settled by the Spanish in 1527. The Dutch gained control in 1634, although the British held the island during the Napoleonic Wars (1807–1815). Oil refining and tourism are the major industries.
(countable and uncountable, plural curaçaos)