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aqua vitae

[vahy-tee, vee-tee] /ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi ti/
noun
1.
2.
spirituous liquor, as brandy or whiskey.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English aqua vite < Latin: water of life; cf. aquavit, whiskey
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aqua vitae

/ˈviːtaɪ; ˈvaɪtiː/
noun
1.
an archaic name for brandy
Word Origin
Medieval Latin: water of life
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Word Origin and History for aqua vitae
aqua vitae
from L., lit. "water of life," late 15c. as an alchemical term for unrefined alcohol. Applied to brandy, whiskey, etc. from 1540s. Cf. whiskey, Fr. eau-de-vie "spirits, brandy," lit. "water of life."
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