One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A liqueur made of brandy flavored with fruit kernels.
- ‘It was a cordial or a brandy-based liqueur flavoured with almonds, peach, cherry, or apricot kernels, or soft fruits; similar to noyau, a word which came into use in the late 18th century and largely supplanted ratafia.’
French, literally ‘kernel’, based on Latin nux, nuc- ‘nut’.
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