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Curacao \Cu`ra*[,c]ao"\, Curacoa \Cu`ra*[,c]oa"\, (k??`r?-s?"), n. A liqueur, or cordial, flavored with the peel from the sour orange, and sometimes with cinnamon and mace; -- first made at the island of Cura[,c]cao.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word. The liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Curaçao orange.


n. An island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the west coast of Venezuela, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


n. (alternative spelling of curaçao English)


Curaçao ( or ; ; Papiamentu: Kòrsou) is an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea, approximately north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Formally called the Country of Curaçao, (; ), it includes the main island and the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao"). It has a population of over 150,000 on an area of and its capital is Willemstad.

Before the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, Curaçao was administered as the "Island Territory of Curaçao" (Dutch: Eilandgebied Curaçao, Papiamentu: Teritorio Insular di Kòrsou), one of five island territories of the former Netherlands Antilles.

Curaçao (liqueur)

Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao.

A non-native plant similar to an orange, the laraha developed from the sweet Valencia orange transplanted by Spanish explorers in 1527. The nutrient-poor soil and arid climate of Curaçao proved unsuitable to Valencia cultivation, resulting in small, bitter fruit of the trees. Although the bitter flesh of the laraha is hardly edible, the peels are aromatic and flavorful, maintaining much of the essence of the Valencia orange.

To create the liqueur the laraha peel is dried, bringing out the sweetly fragranced oils. After soaking in a still with alcohol and water for several days, the peel is removed and other spices are added. The liqueur has an orange-like flavor with varying degrees of bitterness. It is naturally colorless, but is often given artificial coloring, most commonly blue or orange, which confers an exotic appearance to cocktails and other mixed drinks. Blue color is achieved by adding a food colorant, most often E133 Brilliant Blue.

Some other liqueurs are also sold as Curaçaos with different flavors added, such as coffee, chocolate, and rum and raisin.

CHOBOLOBO, CURACAO.jpg|Landhuis Chobolobo, where the liqueur was first made Curacao.jpg|A glass of Blue Curaçao liqueur

Curaçao (disambiguation)

Curaçao is an island in the Caribbean Sea which is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Curaçao may also refer to:

  • Curaçao and Dependencies/Territory Curaçao, the name of the Dutch possession comprising Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
  • Curaçao (liqueur), a liqueur from the island Curaçao
Curacao (department store)

Curacao (pronounced Koo-ra-sao), formerly La Curacao, is a large-format retail department store chain. Founded in 1978, Curacao is headquartered in Los Angeles with retail locations in California and Arizona.

Usage examples of "curacao".

A row of three islands, rather, the beginning of the alphabet - Aruba, Bonaire at each end and Curacao in the middle.

From this it was apparent that the privateers had retreated southwards right across the Caribbean to the coast of the Spanish Main, and Ramage was to patrol that coast for two months, paying particular attention to the island of Curacao, 'and remove the threat'.

There you have the island of Curacao, the middle of the three lying just off the Main.

There's Bonaire to one side and Aruba the other, but Curacao is the only one that matters.

Notice how Curacao is like the centre of a clock - the islands Of St Lucia and Martinique at three o'clock, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Barts and St Kitts at one o'clock, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola at noon, and Jamaica here way over to the north - west at ten o'clock.

Then he put one point on Curacao and slowly swept the second leg across the chart until the other point finally rested on Grenada, the island at the southern end of the chain.

Sail on Sunday morning, find a prize on Wednesday, and be back in Curacao unloading the prize by Saturday night.

Even then, there might be a few hours of uncertainty because both the Calypso and La Creole were French built and still used French - cut sails which were distinctive with their deep roaches, and with the ships too far off for their ensigns to be distinguished the worthy burgomasters of Curacao might be forgiven for thinking their French allies were sending reinforcements or calling in for water and provisions, for which no doubt they would have to pay cash in advance.

Of all the men on board, the master had most invested in what daylight would reveal today: he had predicted that they would see the land of Curacao broad on the starboard bow, distant fifteen miles, while on the larboard bow would be the much smaller island of Bonaire.

In the meantime the Calypso, now pitching and rolling with the wind and sea on her larboard quarter, headed for the eastern edge of Curacao, followed by La Creole.

He pointed at Curacao, now on the Calypso's starboard bow as she sailed down through the channel separating the larger island from Bonaire to the east.

And Gottlieb van Someren, with his wife and daughter, was left in Curacao as the Governor, the republican king, as it were, of the three islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Capturing a Dutch merchantman as she arrives off Amsterdam could do the job, and stopping all trade between Curacao and the Main might force the Governor to make the privateers sail to drive us oil.

One of the men had given it enough thought to realize that the Frenchman approaching from the west might see the Calypso against the lighter eastern sky and bolt, and he was relieved when Ramage assured him that in fact they would be hidden against the blackness of Sint Christoffelberg and the hills at the western end of Curacao for that first critical fifteen minutes of the day.

He personally did not think they would see the Frenchman at dawn whichever day she arrived, but there was always a chance that she sailed at the proper time and made a fast passage, which would bring her off Curacao at first light.