Examples from the Web for aqua vitae
Many a cask of ale and cider is on tap, and many a draught of spiced wine and aqua-vitae has been quaffed.Main Street|Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for aqua vitae
Word Origin for aqua vitae
Word Origin and History for aqua vitae
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."