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sambuca Line breaks: sam|buca
Pronunciation: /samˈbʊkə/

Definition of sambuca in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An Italian aniseed-flavoured liqueur: a glass of flaming sambuca [count noun]: a good few sambucas were consumed before he finally tottered into a taxi
More example sentences
  • The number of people who finish the evening off with an amaretto, sambuca, cognac, or brandy is on the decline, he says.
  • From a height of at least 1 foot, the forfeitee pours the flaming sambuca into the empty spare glass.
  • The bartender lines up two half-pint glasses and pours them full of sambuca, before flicking a match at them.

Origin

Italian, from Latin sambucus 'elder tree'.

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