One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A style of Belgian beer with a distinctive sour cherry flavour, traditionally made by slowly fermenting lambic beer with morello cherries.
1930s; earliest use found in Notes and Queries. From Dutch kriek black cherry, beer with cherry flavour, probably from classical Latin graecum, neuter singular of graecus, probably after post-classical Latin prunum graecum, lit. ‘Greek plum’ (although this is first attested later: 1517 in a Latin–Dutch glossary).
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