or tiz·win



a fermented beverage made by the Apache Indians.

Origin of tiswin

1875–80, Americanism; < Apache < Mexican Spanish tesgüino, perhaps ultimately < Nahuatl tecuīni for a pot to flare up, for one's heart to pound
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Examples from the Web for tiswin

Historical Examples of tiswin

  • This abuse was promptly stopped, as also was the making of tiswin.

    Alamo Ranch

    Sarah Warner Brooks

  • In May, 1886, the Indians indulged in an extensive and prolonged "tiswin" drunk.

    The Career of Leonard Wood

    Joseph Hamblen Sears

  • On the very next day after this some Indians at the Post were drunk on "tiswin," which they had made from corn.

  • This story seems to profess to give the origin of tobacco, giant cactus and of tiswin.

    Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights

    J. William Lloyd