branch water

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noun

water in or from a branch, creek, stream, etc.; pure, natural water.
Also called branch. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. (in a drink, highball, etc.) plain water as distinguished from soda water, ginger ale, or the like; ordinary water.

Origin of branch water

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for branch water

  • On muleback and on foot, Boone followed up many a narrowing creek bed to sources where dwelt the "branch-water folk."

    The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck