Borrowing from Serbo-Croatian rakija/ракија, from Ottoman Turkish رقی (rakı), probably from Arabic عَرَق (ʿaraq, “sweat; wine”) (as rakija or wine vapor drops are similar to drops of sweat). The 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.
- A strong distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fruits, varieties of which (such as slivovitz) are found across the Balkans and the Mediterranean. (Compare brandy.)
ràkija f (Cyrillic spelling ра̀кија)