Asked • 07/11/19

A question concerning the etymology of ouzo

As a Turkish curious of etymology, I was looking into the etymology of raki. Eventually I read that "ouzo" is probably deriving from Turkish word "üzüm" which is grape. In wikipedia, there are two references to Greek sources and one to "an Etymological Dictionary of Pre-Thirteenth Century Turkish". I have checked that etymological dictionary, but for me it is not possible to conclude that "ouzo" is a derivation of "üzüm" from the article referenced from the dictionary. As I am unable to check Greek sources, I thought maybe if I write here someone might help me.

Margarita Ines P.

1.Ούζο < Turkish word uzum( grape) but also 2. Italian(Massalia) uso< use. Most linguists and experts believe that derives from the Turkish word uzum which means grape.


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Emmanouil G. answered • 10/10/19

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