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sherbet

[shur-bit] /ˈʃɜr bɪt/
noun
1.
a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
2.
British. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
3.
a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.
Origin of sherbet
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Turkish < Persian sharbat < Arabic sharbah a drink
Can be confused
ice cream, sherbet, sorbet.
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  • But the beauty of it is that it has the best qualities of both desserts: creamy like a sherbet, refreshing like a sorbet.

    What to Eat Cookstr.com August 10, 2009
British Dictionary definitions for sherbet

sherbet

/ˈʃɜːbət/
noun
1.
a fruit-flavoured slightly effervescent powder, eaten as a sweet or used to make a drink: lemon sherbet
2.
(US & Canadian) a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) sorbet
3.
(Austral, slang) beer
4.
a cooling Oriental drink of sweetened fruit juice
5.
(South African, informal) a euphemistic word for (taboo) shit
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah drink, from shariba to drink
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Word Origin and History for sherbet
n.

c.1600, zerbet, "drink made from diluted fruit juice and sugar," and cooled with fresh snow when possible, from Turkish serbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharba(t) "a drink," from shariba "he drank." Formerly also sherbert.Related to syrup, and cf. sorbet.

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