[puh-teen, -cheen, -theen, poh-]


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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(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

"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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