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Aqua vitae

spirituous liquor, as brandy or whiskey.
Historical Examples

That was all they wanted: their continual allowance of aqua vitae.
Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence

Thou wilt await at Cumnor Place my further orders; and, as thou livest, beware of the ale-bench and the aqua vitae flask.
Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott

Bradford mentions “aqua vitae” as a constituent of their lunch on the exploring party of November 15.
The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete Azel Ames

I would give all the pohickory that was ever brewed by heathen for a toss of aqua vitae!
To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston

an archaic name for brandy

early 15c., Latin, literally “water of life,” an alchemical term for unrefined alcohol. Applied to brandy, whiskey, etc. from 1540s. Cf. whiskey, also French eau-de-vie “spirits, brandy,” literally “water of life.”


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