American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A brandy of Turkey and the Balkans, distilled from grapes or plums and flavored with anise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless aromatic spirituous liquor, prepared from grain-spirit, as in Greece, or from distilled grape-juice, as in the Levant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of ardent spirits used in southern Europe and the East, distilled from grape juice, grain, etc.
- From Turkish rakı, from Arabic عرقي (ʿáraqi, "of liquor"), from عرق (ʿáraq, "arrack, arak"), literally, “condensate,” which refers to an ouzo-like liqueur made of raisins. (Wiktionary)
- Turkish rāqī, from Arabic 'araq, arrack; see arrack. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Turks call raki lion's milk, and it looks a little like milk after you put the water in.”
“He drank raki, which is the potent anise-flavored national drink in Turkey.”
“Turk from Tabreez catches me aside and asks mysteriously if my packages contain any "raki" (arrack).”
“Also they serve "raki", an anise liquor which is a favorite of mine.”
“Turkish 'raki' loses out to cheap beer in economic slump”
“A one-liter bottle of raki, also known as lion's milk, now averages about $35.”
“Pernod Ricard has said its most popular brands, including Absolut, Chivas, Havana Club and Ballantines — though they typically sell at a premium to raki — grew 40% in Turkey in 2010.”
“But the move has raised hackles among some secularists in a country whose modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, was a renowned drinker of raki , the national anisette spirit.”
“Our partners at the Aegean Pearl prepared an extraordinary celebration -- with beautiful decorations (including a vast array of blue and white balloons and flowers), tables full of traditional Greek and Cretan mezes (appetizers), newly-invented drinks (blue ouzo and raki, special blue water), and above all, a special cake.”
“To do that, the company has started selling locally relevant spirits such as baijiu in China and raki in Turkey.”
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Liqueurs (generic) from around the world
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