RATAFIA, a liqueur or cordial flavoured with peach or cherry kernels, bitter almonds, or other fruits; many different varieties are made. The same name is given to a flavouring essence resembling bitter almonds, and also to a light biscuit. The word is adapted from the French of the i;th century. Skeat (Etym. Diet., 1910) quotes as a possible origin a combination of Malay araq, arrack, and tafia, rum.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)