a liqueur made by flavoring distilled spirits with the dried peel of bitter oranges
after the island of Curaçao, where orig. 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
See curaçao in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
Origin: After Curaçao.
An island of the Netherlands Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea off the northwest coast of Venezuela. It was discovered in 1499 and 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.