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neutral spirits

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent, or 190 proof, obtained chiefly from grain or molasses or redistilled from brandy, rum, etc., used for blending with straight whiskies and in the making of gin, cordials, liqueurs, and the like.
Origin of neutral spirits
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You can easily make the Madeira of neutral spirits, sugar, raisins, and logwood to color it.

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British Dictionary definitions for neutral spirits

neutral spirits

(functioning as singular or pl) (US) ethanol of more than 190° proof
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