A Dictionary of the English Language
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Arra'ck, or Ara'ck. n.s. A spirituous liquor imported from the East Indies, used by way of dram and in punch. The word arack is an Indian name for strong waters of all kinds; for they call our spirits and brandy English arack. But what we understand by the name arack, is really no other than a spirit procured by distillation from a vegetable juice called toddy, which flows by incision out of the cocoa-nut tree. There are divers kinds of it; single, double, and treble distilled. The double distilled is commonly sent abroad, and is preferred to all other aracks of India. Chambers.

I send this to be better known for choice of china, tea, arrack, and other Indian goods. Spectator, № 288.

Sources: Chambers, Ephraim (20) · Spectator (140) · Steele, Richard (15)

Attributes: East Indian (1) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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