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- ‘The restaurant cooks all its dishes in genever - a tasty gin-based Belgian liqueur - and offers fruit-flavoured shots of the stuff at any time throughout the meal.’
- ‘Unlike most gin, young, genever is lighter and drier.’
- ‘British soldiers campaigning in the Low Countries in the 16th century were so impressed by the effects of a nip of genever as to coin the expression ‘Dutch courage’.’
- ‘While I sample a Heineken, an old genever or two and a portion of marinated herring, she is busy ransacking the airport shops for free samples.’
Early 18th century: from Dutch, from Old French genevre, from an alteration of Latin juniperus (gin being flavored with juniper berries). The variant spelling is due to association with Geneva.
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