1. a drink made from spirits, esp whisky, with hot water, sugar, and usually lemon juice
a. the sap of various palm trees (toddy or wine palms), used as a beverage
b. the liquor prepared from this sap
3. (in Malaysia) a milky-white sour alcoholic drink made from fermented coconut milk, drunk chiefly by Indians
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a sweet, milky white sap tapped from the trunk of the date palm and used as a refreshing beverage. The palm is clipped when it begins to age and its yield decreases (after 80 to 90 years). A notch is made in the stem at the top and a tube is inserted through which the toddy flows for two to three months. After one day’s exposure to the air, the sap ferments into a wine; after another two or three days, it turns into vinegar.
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