Ratafee

ratafia

[rat-uh-fee-uh]
noun
a sweet liqueur made from wine or grape juice combined with brandy or other spirits and often flavored with almonds, fruit, or fruit kernels.
Also, ratafee [rat-uh-fee] .


Origin:
1690–1700; < French

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ratafia or ratafee (ˌrætəˈfɪə, ˌrætəˈfiː)
 
n
1.  any liqueur made from fruit or from brandy with added fruit
2.  a flavouring essence made from almonds
3.  chiefly (Brit) Also called: ratafia biscuit a small macaroon flavoured with almonds
 
[C17: from West Indian Creole French]
 
ratafee or ratafee
 
n
 
[C17: from West Indian Creole French]

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ratafia
liqueur flavored with kernels of cherries, apricots, etc., 1699, from Fr. (17c.), of unknown origin.
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