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[ah-kwuh-veet, ak-wuh-] /ˈɑ kwəˌvit, ˈæk wə-/
a dry spirit, especially of Scandinavia, made from redistilled grain or potato alcohol and usually flavored with caraway seeds.
Also, akvavit.
Origin of aquavit
1885-90; < Danish, Swedish, Norwegian akvavit, aquavit < Latin aqua vīt(ae) water of life Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So John pursued his advantage by inquiring, Have you any aquavit?

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • This morning he came into our room after breakfast, with a bottle of aquavit in his hand wherewith to drink our health.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • Just as we were driving off, a brilliantly original idea occurred to him, and he said, Come in and taste my aquavit.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • The weather was so unpleasant, and Bluebeard and his aquavit were so engaging, that we decided not to leave here till to-morrow.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
British Dictionary definitions for aquavit


a grain- or potato-based spirit from the Scandinavian countries, flavoured with aromatic seeds and spices, esp caraway Also called akvavit
Word Origin
from Scandinavian; see aqua vitae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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