|1.||a fruit-flavoured slightly effervescent powder, eaten as a sweet or used to make a drink: lemon sherbet|
|2.||(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sorbet a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc|
|3.||slang (Austral) beer|
|4.||a cooling Oriental drink of sweetened fruit juice|
|5.||informal (South African) a euphemistic word for shit|
|[C17: from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah drink, from shariba to drink]|
frozen dessert usually flavoured with fruit, made from water, sugar, flavourings, and milk or cream. Egg white or gelatin may be added to ensure a fine texture. Sherbets may also be flavoured with wine or liqueurs. By U.S. federal regulation, sherbets must contain a minimum of 1 percent and a maximum of 2 percent butterfat. Water ice, called in French sorbet and in Italian granita, is similar to sherbet but contains no dairy ingredients.
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