firewater

[ fahyuh r-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /

noun

alcoholic drink; liquor.

Origin of firewater

1820–30; fire + water; probably a translation of an expression in an Algonquian language, as Ojibwa iškote·wa·po· whiskey (earlier, other distilled liquors), equivalent to iškote·w-, combining form of iškote· fire + -a·po· liquid
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firewater

/ (ˈfaɪəˌwɔːtə) /

noun

any strong spirit, esp whisky
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Word Origin and History for firewater

firewater


n.

"alcoholic liquor," 1826, American English, supposedly from American Indians, from fire (n.) + water (n.).

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