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Origin of water ice
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does water ice mean?
Water ice is a frozen dessert, very similar to Italian ice, made in Philadelphia.
How is water ice pronounced?[ waw-ter ahys ]
Where does water ice come from?
The Philadelphia version of this dessert goes back to the late 19th century when the city experienced a large influx of Italian immigrants. These new arrivals began selling Italian ice to the locals.
In 1945, John’s Water Ice opened to sell the dessert. The establishment makes no claim to the name water ice. It also listed the item on the menu without explanation, suggesting water ice had already become a local name for the food.
How is water ice used in real life?
Water ice is a Philadelphia regionalism, most commonly used by residents of the area and people who live near it, including New Jersey and Delaware.
I go to a family party in Jersey and bring quarts of water ice as a South Philly peace offering.
— Gi (@Gi_xx_) August 13, 2016
it’s that time of year for the best philly regional delicacy that’s right baby, water ice
— jesse (@_jorts_) May 4, 2018
— Woodmont Ridge (@WoodmontRidge) October 12, 2018
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“Philadelphia may be best known for its greasy cheesesteaks and technicolored water ice, but there’s so much more to eat in the City of Brotherly Love.”
—Regan Stephens, Eater, September 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for water ice
Also for ice-cream or water-ice, when oranges are not to be had.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
A water-ice ice-cap said that there were no poisonous gases in the planet's atmosphere.
The precise moment when a water-ice becomes simple is when it is smoothly slipped into a long-stemmed sherbet glass.Life's Minor Collisions|Frances Warner
Sulfur dioxide or chlorine, for example, would not allow the formation of water-ice.
The water-ice was frozen in moulds, in the form of fruit, and suitably coloured.