Arak



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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.
Contemporary Examples

The heavy water arak reactor is scheduled to become active in the summer of 2014.
A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Nuclear Bomb and Peace With Palestine Nadav Eyal September 9, 2013

By the summer of 2014, the heavy water arak reactor is scheduled to become active.
A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Bomb and Peace With the Palestinians Nadav Eyal September 9, 2013

It prohibits the manufacture of new centrifuges and work on the arak reactor.
Obama and the Munich Katrinas Michael Tomasky November 25, 2013

Some put it bluntly: They say that if arak starts working, Iran’s bomb is inevitable.
A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Nuclear Bomb and Peace With Palestine Nadav Eyal September 9, 2013

Some put it bluntly: they say that if arak starts working, Iran’s bomb is inevitable.
A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Bomb and Peace With the Palestinians Nadav Eyal September 9, 2013

Historical Examples

arak is the favourite refreshment at these times, and is indulged in by both Christian and Moslem alike.
Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia M. E. Hume-Griffith

For we were in accord about this, that in New York whiskey is better than arak.
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

He replied, “I would go to your country if you would give me lots of tej and arak, and nothing to do.”
Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo

If the sahib will beat him with a whip he will tell who brought the arak.
The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser

They rode until late that night, for they were anxious to come to the gorge of arak some time the next day.
Captured by the Arabs James H. Foster

noun
a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc
n.

c.1600, probably picked up in India, ultimately from Arabic araq, literally “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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