Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong alcoholic drink of the Middle East and the Far East, usually distilled from fermented palm sap, rice, or molasses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A name in the East Indies and the Indian islands for all ardent spirits often distilled from a fermented mixture of rice, molasses, and palm wine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name in the East Indies and the Indian islands for all ardent spirits. Arrack is often distilled from a fermented mixture of rice, molasses, and palm wine of the cocoanut tree or the date palm, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally the name of a strong liquor made in southern Asia from the fermented juice of the date, but used in many parts of Asia and eastern Africa for strong liquors of different kinds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses

Etymologies

Arabic 'araq, sweat, strong clear liquor made from raisins, from 'ariqa, to sweat; see ʿrq in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic عرق (ʕáraq, "raisin liquor"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I've also seen arack and arrak, as well as the original Indo-Malay arak.

    June 7, 2010

  • "Rum or arrack, an alcohol distilled from the fermented sap of palm trees, was mixed with sugar, citrus juice, water, and spices to make punch."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 7, 2010