1. A frozen, fruit-flavored mixture that is similar to sherbet and served as a dessert or appetizer.
2. A beverage, usually a liqueur, poured over shaved ice.
3. In ballet, the hitting or striking of the foot on the floor.
[French, from past participle of frapper, to strike, chill, from Old French fraper, to strike, probably of imitative origin.]
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