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- n. A strong distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fruits. "Rakija" is the general name for drinks of this type. In English, the closest equivalents are whiskey and brandy. Different types of rakijas exist across the Balkans and the Mediterranean. One of them is the slivovitz, the national drink of Serbia.
From Serbo-Croatian rakija/ракија, from Turkish, probably from Arabic عرق ('araq, "sweat or wine") (as the rakija or wine vapor drops are similar to drops of sweat). Exact etymology is hard to pinpoint as this word (or a variant of it) is found throughout the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. (Wiktionary)