Pronunciation: [AR-rahk; ah-RAK]
1. A name widely used in Asia and the Middle East for a fiery liquor made, depending on the country, from any of several ingredients including rice, sundry-palm sap and dates. Also spelled arrack and arrak. arak; arrack; arrak 2. A pungently aromatic yet light-bodied rum from Java.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.