rum

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1rum

noun \ˈrəm\

: an alcoholic drink that is made from sugar

Full Definition of RUM

1
:  an alcoholic beverage distilled from a fermented cane product (as molasses)
2
:  alcoholic liquor <the demon rum>

Examples of RUM

  1. <a fiery sermon on the evils of demon rum>

Origin of RUM

probably short for obsolete rumbullion rum
First Known Use: 1654

2rum

adjective

: strange or odd

rum·merrum·mest

Full Definition of RUM

1
chiefly British :  queer, odd <writing is a rum trade — Angela Thirkell>
2
chiefly British :  difficult, dangerous

Examples of RUM

  1. They're a pretty rum lot.
  2. <she wears staid business suits, but prefers some quite rum knickers underneath>

Origin of RUM

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1752

rum

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Distilled liquor made from sugarcane products, primarily molasses. It is first mentioned in records from Barbados c. 1650. Rum figured in the slave trade: slaves from Africa were traded in the West Indies for molasses, the molasses was made into rum in New England, and the rum was then traded to Africa for more slaves. British sailors received regular rum rations from the 18th century until the 1970s. Two major types are marketed. The light-bodied rums, traditionally of Puerto Rico and Cuba, employ cultivated yeast and are distilled in continuous-operation stills before being blended and aged one to four years. The heavier dark rums, traditionally of Jamaica, employ yeast spores from the air and are distilled in simple pot stills before being blended and aged five to seven years. Rum is drunk straight or mixed and is used in dessert sauces and other dishes.

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