- Strong, alcohol, alcoholic drink made from various fruits. "Rakija" is the general name for drinks of this type. In English, the closest equivqlents are whiskey and brandy. Different types of rakijas exist across the Balkans and the Mediterranean. One of them is the slivovitz, the national drink of Serbia.
Etymology: From < possibly from Arabic (ARchar, Ù) ('araq) meaning sweat or wine (as the rakija or wine vapor drops are similar to drops of sweat). Exact etymology is hard to pinpoint as this word (or a variant of it) is found throughout the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
- French: rakia
- Italian: rakia
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