[ar-uhk, uh-rak]
any of various spirituous liquors distilled in the East Indies and other parts of the East and Middle East from the fermented sap of toddy palms, or from fermented molasses, rice, or other materials.
Also, arak.

1595–1605; < Arabic ʿaraq literally, sweat, juice; see raki Unabridged
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arrack or arak (ˈærək)
a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc
[C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor]
arak or arak
[C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, probably via India, ult. from Arabic araq, lit. "sweat, juice;" used of native liquors in Eastern countries, especially those distilled from fermented sap of coconut palm, sometimes from rice or molasses.
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Example sentences for arrack
Sugarcane was mainly cultivated for the production of arrack, a precursor to rum.
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