poteen

[ puh-teen, -cheen, -theen, poh- ]
/ pəˈtin, -ˈtʃin, -ˈθin, poʊ- /

noun

the first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey.
illicitly distilled whiskey.
Also potheen.

Origin of poteen

1805–15; < Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1
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poteen

poitn

/ (pɒˈtiːn) /

noun

(in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes

Word Origin for poteen

C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot
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