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- n. The manufacture or sale of liquors or drugs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, the manufacture and sale of spirituous liquors; hence, specifically, in British India, the government excise upon such liquors; the licensing of dealers in strong drink.
From Persian آبکاری (ābkārī), from آبکار (ābkār). (Wiktionary)