neutral spirits

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent, or 190 proof, obtained chiefly from grain or molasses or redistilled from brandy, rum, etc., used for blending with straight whiskies and in the making of gin, cordials, liqueurs, and the like.

Origin of neutral spirits

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for neutral spirits

neutral spirits

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) US ethanol of more than 190° proof
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