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[cf. OED tafia a rum-like spirituous liquor obtained from the lower grades of molasses, refuse brown sugar etc. (origin uncertain: given in 1722 as a native name in the West Indies..., but tafia  is also given in Malay dicts. as 'a spirit distilled from molasses'); W3 derives the word from Fr. "fr. West Indian Creole, alter. of ratafia" idem, which Larousse designates in turn as "mot créole"; given its presence in Malay, a more likely source is Port, tafiá aguardente de melaςo de aςúcar; aguardente de canna DEP]

n. Haitian rum: 1936 (Dupuch 120). <Gen.>

Tags: Creole French, Haitian, noun

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Last update: 2011-05-18 17:31
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Jencie :
According to my grandfather who's 70 years old taffia was illegal. However, people who bought and sell taffia was not penalized by the law, it was disreguarded. Also taffia was only sold by the gallon.
Added at: 2014-03-11 22:40