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.

Nearby words

  1. branch off,
  2. branch officer,
  3. branch out,
  4. branch plant,
  5. branch point,
  6. branch wilt,
  7. branch-,
  8. branched chain,
  9. branched chain ketoaciduria,
  10. brancher deficiency amylopectinosis

Origin of branch water

First recorded in 1840–50

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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