plural -s
: a wine seller : distiller
also : one whose trade is subject to abkari tax

Word History


Persian ābkār, from āb "water, liquid" (from Old Persian āpi-) + -kār "doer" (from Middle Persian); akin to Avestan āfsh (accusative singular āpəm) "water," Sanskrit ap-, Lithuanian ùpė, Old Prussian ape "river," Greek Apia "Peloponnesus" and to Sanskrit kāra "doing"

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abkar was in 1825

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“Abkar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abkar. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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