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.

Nearby words

  1. potboil,
  2. potboiler,
  3. potbound,
  4. potboy,
  5. potch,
  6. potemkin,
  7. potemkin village,
  8. potemkin, grigori aleksandrovich,
  9. potence,
  10. potency

Also potheen.

Origin of poteen

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

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British Dictionary definitions for poteen

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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Word Origin and History for poteen

poteen

n.

"illicit whiskey," 1812, from Irish poitin "little pot," suggesting distillation in small quantities, from English pot (n.1) "vessel" + diminutive suffix -in, -een.

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