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aguardiente

[ah-gwahr-dee-en-tee; Spanish ah-gwahr-th yen-te] /ɑˌgwɑr diˈɛn ti; Spanish ˌɑ gwɑrˈðyɛn tɛ/
noun
1.
a type of brandy made in Spain and Portugal.
2.
a liquor, popular in South and Central America, made from sugar cane.
3.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) any distilled spirit.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; < Spanish, contraction of agua ardiente literally, fiery water; see aqua, ardent
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Examples from the web for aguardiente
  • At the supper table he plied his chocolate hued partner with aguardiente so freely that she became totally oblivious.
  • These, with a bottle of aguardiente, are his capital for this world and the next.
British Dictionary definitions for aguardiente

aguardiente

/aɣwarˈðjente/
noun
1.
any inferior brandy or similar spirit, esp from Spain, Portugal, or South America
Word Origin
C19: literally: burning water
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