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Rácy. adj. [perhaps from rayz, Spanish, a root.] Strong; flavorous; tasting of the soil.

Rich racy verses in which we
The soil, from which they come, taste, smell, and see.

From his brain that Helicon distil,
Whose racy liquor did his offspring fill.

The cyder at first is very luscious, but if ground more early, it is more racy. Mortimer's Husbandry.

          The hospitable sage, in sign
Of social welcome, mix'd the racy wine,
Late from the mellowing cask restor'd to light,
By ten long years refin'd, and rosy bright.

Sources: Cowley, Abraham (19) · Denham, John (75) · Mortimer, John (62) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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