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Arak \Ar"ak\, n. Same as Arrack.


n. A clear, unsweetened aniseed-flavoured alcoholic drink, produced and consumed primarily in the Middle East


n. any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses [syn: arrack]

Arak (drink)

Arak or araq is a Levantine alcoholic spirit (~40–63% Alc. Vol./~80–126 proof, commonly 50% Alc. Vol./100 proof) in the anis drinks family. It is a clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink. Arak is the traditional alcoholic beverage in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.


Arak may refer to:


  • Arak, Iran, a city in Markazi Province, Iran
  • Arak County, an administrative subdivision of Markazi Province Iran
  • Araqi, Iran, a village in North Khorasan Province, Iran
  • Arak, Russia, a village in the Tabasaran rayon of Dagestan, Russia
  • Arak, Syria, a historic desert town in Syria
  • Arak, Algeria, a village in In Amguel Commune of Tamanrasset Province, Algeria
  • Arak gorges, a series of gorges in Algeria

Other uses:

  • Arak (drink), an alcoholic beverage produced and consumed in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa
  • Arrack, an alcoholic beverage made in South Asia and South East Asia
  • Arak (comics), the hero of Arak, Son of Thunder, a comic book published by DC Comics
  • Arak (tree/shrub), species Salvadora persica
Arak (comics)

Arak is a fictional comic book character published by DC Comics. He first appeared in a special insert in The Warlord #48 (August 1981) and was created by Roy Thomas and Ernie Colón. Arak (Bright-Sky-After-Storm) is depicted very much as a Conan knock-off in early appearances. Later, after encountering the Moirai, who explain his destiny to him, he takes on a more Native American appearance, including leather-fringed pants and a Mohawk hairstyle. Unlike Conan (a character Roy Thomas also wrote during his tenure at Marvel Comics), who usually fought against H. P. Lovecraftian monsters and entities, Arak encounters figures and creatures from myth and legends, including Greek, Norse, Judeo-Christian, Muslim, Oriental, and others.

Arak was relatively culturally sensitive for the time when it debuted. Unlike other Native American heroes, like Apache Chief, who took a cartoonish view of Native Americans similar to the old western movie Natives, Arak did not have broken speech or other stereotypical Native traits. Also, the Vikings looked more like real Vikings and were not illustrated wearing the stereotypical horned helmets and fur clothing.

Usage examples of "arak".

Both Arak and Sufa slapped their hands over their mouths in a vain effort to contain their laughter.

He started forward, intending to walk around Arak and Sufa and mingle in the crowd.

They appeared so human it was hard for Donald to believe they were part machine as Arak had said.

Donald could just make out Arak and the others approaching the pavilion.

He quickened his pace and caught up to Arak just as two oversized bronze doors swung open.

Each guest sported a velvet ribbon tied around his or her neck just like the one Arak had on.

As he had promised, Arak showed up just after the group had eaten breakfast and asked if everyone was ready for the didactic session.

As soon as the group was ready, Arak led them across the lawn toward a hemispherical structure similar to the pavilion although on a much smaller scale.

Before Arak could finish, the hovercraft came to a sudden stop then rapidly descended.

Small rooms budded off each corridor, and into one of these Arak directed the group.

But Perry was transfixed by the book, which Arak had placed in his hands.

Confused, the group followed Arak out of the small room and reboarded the antigravity vehicle.

Despite this congestion, Arak and Sufa were eventually able to herd their charges over to a large screen.

Next to it was a table with a box and a book similar to the ones Arak had shown the group in the vault below.

Reesta commented while winking and giving Arak a nudge with his elbow.