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kirsch

[keersh] /kɪərʃ/
noun
1.
a fragrant, colorless, unaged brandy distilled from a fermented mash of cherries, produced especially in Germany, Switzerland, and Alsace, France.
Also called kirschwasser
[keersh-vah-ser] /ˈkɪərʃˌvɑ sər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of kirsch
1810-1820
1810-20; < German Kirsch, shortened form of Kirschwasser, equivalent to Kirsch(e) cherry + Wasser water
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Examples from the Web for kirschwasser
Historical Examples
  • The valley of Montafon is further celebrated for its production of kirschwasser.

  • Same as au kirsch, only use maraschino instead of kirschwasser.

  • Add half a gill of kirschwasser, and pour at once into jelly glasses.

  • Hast ever a drop of kirschwasser, brother Michael, in thy convent?

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • Taste that, master; take a small glass of kirschwasser, and then lie down.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • Christian rose, set the bottle of kirschwasser on the window-sill, and went out.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • Put in a bowl with one-quarter pound of sugar, and a small glass of kirschwasser and of maraschino.

  • Before adding the fruit to the water ice put it in a bowl with a little powdered sugar and kirschwasser, and leave for an hour.

  • Mix one pound of flour with five whole eggs, with a very little or no salt, and a pony of kirschwasser, if desired.

  • Put all in bowl, add two spoonfuls of sugar, a glassful of maraschino and a pony of kirschwasser.

British Dictionary definitions for kirschwasser

Kirsch

/kɪəʃ/
noun
1.
a brandy distilled from cherries, made chiefly in the Black Forest in Germany and in the Jura and Vosges districts of France
Word Origin
German Kirschwasser cherry water
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Word Origin and History for kirschwasser
n.

"liquor distilled from fermented cherry juice," 1819, from German Kirschwasser, literally "cherry-water;" first element from Middle High German kirse, from Old High German kirsa, from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from Late Latin cerasium "cherry" (see cherry). For second element, see water (n.1).

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