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.
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Origin of branch water
First recorded in 1840–50
Words nearby branch water
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Example sentences 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