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[mar-uh-skee-noh, -shee-] /ˌmær əˈski noʊ, -ˈʃi-/
a sweet cordial or liqueur distilled from marascas.
1785-95; < Italian; see marasca, -ine1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maraschino


/ˌmærəˈskiːnəʊ; -ˈʃiːnəʊ/
a liqueur made from marasca cherries and flavoured with the kernels, having a taste like bitter almonds
Word Origin
C18: from Italian; see marasca
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Word Origin and History for maraschino

1791, "cherry liqueur," from Italian maraschino "strong, sweet liqueur made from juice of the marasca" (a bitter black cherry), a shortening of amarasca, from amaro "bitter," from Latin amarus "sour," from PIE root *om- "raw, bitter." Maraschino cherry, one preserved in real or imitation maraschino, first recorded 1820.

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