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A glass of absinthe which has been louched (verb sense) with water


Borrowed from French louche.



louche (comparative more louche, superlative most louche)

  1. Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.
  2. Not reputable or decent.
  3. Unconventional and slightly disreputable in an attractive manner; raffish, rakish.


louche (third-person singular simple present louches, present participle louching, simple past and past participle louched)

  1. (intransitive) Of alcoholic beverages, particularly anise-flavoured ones like absinthe and ouzo: to become cloudy when mixed with water, due to the presence of anethole. This is known as the ouzo effect.
    Certain anise-flavored drinks have developed a mystique based on the exotic appearance of louching.
    • 2010, Paul Owens; Paul Nathan; Dave Herlong, The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails, New York, N.Y.: Perigee Books, ISBN 978-0-399-53563-5:
      In distillation, the first few liters of absinthe to come out of the still are called the head; the last few liters are the tail. The head and tail don't have enough alcohol to keep the oils in suspension, so the absinthe comes out of the still louched.
    • 2012, Heather E. Hutsell, chapter 1, in Blood Mettle, [s.l.]: Fatty Baby Cat Publishing, ISBN 978-1-105-63668-4, page 2:
      I found a little corner to stand in and pretended to sip my own louched absinthe.
    • 2015, Jason Sizemore, For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, Lexington, Ky.: Apex Publishers, ISBN 978-193-7009-31-1:
      Ah, Mr. Sizemore, the green fairy is best prepared carefully and slowly to appreciate its full potential. Simply fill the fountain with iced water, place your glass of absinthe below the spigot with a single sugar cube placed over a slotted spoon and adjust the tap to your desired flow. The cold water will gradually dissolve the sugar and mix with the absinthe in a process known as louching.


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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French lousche, from Latin lusca, feminine of luscus (one-eyed) ( > Old French lois). Compare Italian losco and Portuguese lusco.


louche (plural louches)

  1. (dated) cross-eyed
  2. (by extension) cloudy; obscure
  3. (figuratively) shady; dubious; seedy; shifty


louche f (plural louches)

  1. (in a liquid) cloudiness due to a suspension of fine particles

Etymology 2Edit

A dialectal (Norman-Picard) form of Old French louce, loce, from Old Frankish *lōtija, from Proto-Germanic *hlōþþijō. Cognate with Dutch loet (a tool to scrape or shovel). More at loot.


louche f (plural louches)

  1. ladle

Etymology 3Edit

Regular conjugation of -er verb loucher



  1. first-person singular present indicative of loucher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of loucher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  5. second-person singular imperative of loucher

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